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Ceramic Jar with Black Glaze Khmer Angkor Period

Origin Cambodia
Period Pre 18th Century
Materials ceramic
H. 15.8 in; Diam. 11 in;
H. 40.13 cm; Diam. 27.94 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
Creation Date 12th century
Description On offer is a stoneware ceramic jar with black iron glaze from Khmer Kingdom (now Cambodia) dated to Angkor period circa 12th century. The vase is constructed in a solid but elegant form with a slightly terraced neck and mouth. Two molded and relatively delicate handles attach to the shoulder. Circular lines are prominently featured at the transitioning area between the mouth and the neck and the neck and the body, rendering the piece a deceivingly modern and architectonic appearance. The dark brown to black glaze was applied over the body except close to the foot, where a reddish slip was applied and extended to the base.
Angkor period is the pinnacle of Khmer ceramic development. The indigenous ceramic production ceased after 14th century due to the influx of superior import ceramics and porcelain from China. The technique of the black glaze was therefore lost. Yet the black pottery from Angkor period stands out from the Southeast Asian ceramics due to its absolutely unique form and decoration that is simple yet sophisticated, almost strangely modern. The historical use of these vases are suggested (though by no means definitely) to be from religious rituals to daily storage for liquor wine and fish sauce. This jar was likely used for storage purpose. Provenance is available to the buyer only.
For additional reading and reference, see The Ceramics of South-east Asia by Brown, Oxford.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 320456
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