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Underglaze bowl - bottom view

Abstract

From Sawankhalok. Stoneware, H: 3" x Dia. 7 5/8". Underglaze-iron painting on bowls from Sawankhalok and Sukhothai in Thailand, and in the northern kilns of Vietnam, clearly derives from Chinese Guangdong ceramics, particularly those produced in the kilns of Xicun. A popular motif on both the Sukhothai and the Sawankhalok bowls and plates was a solar whorl or wheel, possibly an allusion to that symbol as it is used in Buddhism, to denote the law or teachings of the Buddha. This solar whorl is visible on the interior base of this bowl. The leaves that are painted on the cavetto of the bowl have been added recently. Thus, although the bowl dates to the period of export, it was tarted up in recent times to increase its value. This is not an uncommon practice for resale in Southeast Asia. Aside from the varnished surface of the piece, it was also possible to ascertain the modern addition by applying a small amount of acetone with a q-tip; the painting lifts off easily. The black impurities typical of Sawankhalok clay are visible on the base of this bowl, the white visible on the base is slip, rather than glaze that was painted on prior to firing. Southeast Asian ceramics are never glazed on the bottom, as opposed to Chinese ceramics, which often have a glazed base.

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Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgement to be given to the ASIANetwork-Luce Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum Project and to the college from whose collection the work comes. The individual college retains copyright to the work.

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Publisher
Lake Forest College
PID
coccc:24842