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Title

Jar

12th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Containers like this one were used to contain the lime essential to chewing betel leaves. This lime pot has the insistent presence and simplicity of form that one expects of Khmer ceramics and is an excellent example of the zoomorphic animal shapes that were part of the standard vocabulary of Khmer potters. The owl is the most common of the zoomorphic animal shapes, depictions of other animals, such as the hare and anteater being confined to the second half of the 11th and early 12 centuries.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, Nov 2015


Details


Other Title

Owl shaped jar


Place where the work was made

Cambodia


Cultural origin

Khmer


Date

12th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware with degraded brown glaze


Dimensions

10.8 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr F. Storch 1981


Location

Not on display


Accession number

40.1981.a-b



Place

Where the work was made
Cambodia

Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Asian Art', pg. 106-113, Sydney, 1984, 108 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Asian Art', pg. 85-103, Sydney, 1981, 94. cat.no. 14