Thai ceramics were among the first Southeast Asian wares to be seriously studied, starting with WA Graham’s 1922 article “Pottery in Siam” in the Journal of the Siam Society. The field only gained momentum in the 1960s following Charles Nelson Spinks’ important contributions on Tai pottery and in the 1970s from the discovery of the Prasat Ban Phluang temple site.
Suphanburi is a kiln site that was excavated in 1985-6. It produced mainly unglazed stoneware jars, much like Phitsanulok and Singburi ones. Very little is known of this production centre, but specimens have been found in Okinawa, along with Martaban jars and underglaze blue and black decorated ware from Vietnam.
|Jar, burial size, unglazed stoneware, with dusty grey body, flat base, stamped and incised decoration, and appliqué stud handles, of a type found in the Philippines, sometimes in a larger storage size.
Suphanburi kilns (?)
H: 23.9 cm
Ceramics Museum, Chiangmai University
(Photo source: Brown 1988: pl. XLIII c)
|Ovoid jar with a wide mouth, a carved neck flange, two double ring-handles on the collar. Two horizontal bands are incised around neck, with one at the junction of the neck and collar. The entire jar is covered in a runny green glaze that stops at the lower body.
H: 26.5 cm, D: 20 cm
NUS Museum S30421-0Sources: Brown 1988; Miksic 2009