Ban Chiang on the Khorat Plateau in northwest Thailand, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the country, is noted for the production of a wide range of technologically and aesthetically sophisticated ceramics dating from the third millennium B.C. to the third century A.D. As a result, similar works, of unknown provenance, are often attributed to this site. It is possible, however, that many such items were made at related but less well known centers on the plateau or elsewhere in mainland Southeast Asia.
This peculiarly shaped vessel is typical of works attributed to the earliest phases at Ban Chiang, 3rd. millenium BC. Covering the entire surface of the vessel, linear forms were first incised and then further elaborated with impressed decoration. The dark gray color of the vessel is the result of both firing in hot wood first and the glow of oxygen over the vessel as the fire died down.
Size: 18 cm. wide and 16 cm. high.
Ex. Old German Collection.