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Jarlet - bottom view

Abstract

From Sawankhalok. Stoneware, H: 4" x Dia. 2". Small covered boxes and jarlets were exported in huge quantities from the Thai export kilns of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to island Southeast Asia; their uses can only be imagined possibly for spices, unguents, cosmetics, or some other precious commodity. We do know that they were used in burials, possibly taking the place of larger, more valued ceramics. Since glazed wares were not produced in island Southeast Asia, these objects formed an important part of the import market. Two lugs at the shoulders allow a cover to be tied over the top and also allow for suspension of the jarlet off the ground, away from insects and rodents. Indentations in the body of the jarlet gives it a melon shape. The base is finished and the pale celadon is slightly crackled. Jarlets of this type were also produced by the Chinese, but the Thai jarlets generally are more finely finished with a carefully carved-recessed base. Excavations of burials in the Philippines revealed a ceremonial placement of imported vessels around the body Thai jarlets were placed around the head, Chinese plates were inverted over the pubic area, saucers were placed beneath the hands, and local wares were arranged away from the body. What this arrangement meant will never be known, but it does suggest that a specific symbolic significance was assigned to the various vessels.

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Lake Forest College
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