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Mon Glazed Brick
Exceptionally rare glazed brick from Pegu (aka Bago) Burma depicting a dancing celestial figure framed in a foliate scroll relief. The greenish glaze on this piece is similar to Burmese “tin” glazed and reddish clay ceramics found along the Thai/Burma Tak Hill top Burial Sites and dated to the 15th century based on verifiable dated Chinese and Thai stonewares found in the same excavations. This piece has been in my collection for many years, acquired in Mae Sai, Thailand in the late 90s. Originally described to me as being from Pagan, but taking into account other artifacts, said to have been found while building a road near Pegu, I acquired from the same vendor and more recent publications, I would date this later, from Pegu, circa 14th/15th CE. Pegu was burnt and sacked in by peasant rebellion in 1564 while under Burmese control. An undated similarly glazed plaque is shown in plate 41, The Mons: A Civilization of Southeast Asia – Emmanuel Guillon. This could be much earlier as architectural glazed bricks date back as far as 1084 which were used in Swhezigon temple, Pagan. This is a one of a kind piece, condition as noted in photographs, L: 33cm/13in, H: 19cm/7.5in and W: 7.5cm/3in. Reference: Ceramics of Northern Thailand- John Shaw.


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