Sawankhalok Stoneware

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A Thai Sawankhalok blue and gray pottery covered sweetmeat jar

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Sawankhalok Stoneware

The ancient walled city of Sawankhalok, located about 200 miles north of Bangkok was a major pottery center in the 14th and 15th centuries. A modern city of the same name is located nearby with a population exceeding 30,000.

More than two hundred pottery kilns are known to have operated in the region and a number have been excavated in modern times. The principal type of ware is a grayish-white stoneware covered with a translucent celadon glaze, usually grayish green in colour. The glaze is commonly crackled and unpolished. A particularly common decoration consists of roughly scored vertical flutes, with incised circles at the shoulder to accentuate the form. Decoration of a more definite kind is always incised under the glaze and is usually floral. Flowers are stylized, sometimes with combed lines on the petals. Covered bowls, dishes, ewers, and bottles with two small loop handles at the neck are the most common forms.

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