Thai Sawankhalok Ceramic Jar with Lid
AGE: – 14th – 15th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Ceramic
HEIGHT: – 7cm
DIAMETER: – 10.5cm (widest Part)
BASE: – 5.5cm
Weight: – 350gms.
#4249 – PRICE: – AU$150.00
14th-15th Century Thai Sawankhalok Ceramic Jar with Lid, decorated with a lotus bud-shaped knob sitting in the centre of the lid, a pie-crust pattern circles the base of the knob with a lotus petal pattern painted around the outside of the lid. This is a typical example of Sawankhalok wares, with the oatmeal-colored paste and blue under-glaze with a scrolling pattern circling the outside of the lower section and the inside of the box wiped with a translucent glaze and un-glazed base.
Sawankhalok ceramic wares were produced in Sisatchanelai kilns in Thailand between the 14th – 15th centuries. Sawankhalok is located in the lower part of northern Thailand on the Yom River north of Sukhotai town. Today there are still the remains of the walled city of Sawankhalok.
Ceramics produced in kilns around this region are referred to as Sawankhalok wares. Despite the lack of technical competence or artistic accomplishment compared with neighboring China, Sukhothai and Sawankhalok wares are significant, considering their short-lived production (14th-15th) and the expression of distinctive local Thai design.
This ceramic was probably being exported to Indonesia or Malaysia on a vessel when it sunk, mostly due to bad weather conditions along the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand close to Pattaya.