Mother nursing her child, probably from the Sawankhalok kilns. The body of the hand-modeled figure is rather hastily sculpted as is the doll-like child. This hastiness is typical of figures such as this one which were made in large numbers and distributed as fertility charms. This one, however, has more care taken in defining the facial features of the mother as well as her hairstyle. The slightly speckled stoneware is high-fired and covered with a thick crackled celadon glaze of attractive blue-tone. The glaze stops short of the lower limbs which show the pale beige stoneware with a few specks of iron impurities. The base is hollow up to the waist showing some pale brown oxidation from the firing. The base has some wear which reveals the original buff-tone of the clay. Figures such as this one were known to have been made at Sawankhalok as early as the 1300s. This one is probably somewhat later. Good condition with no restorations. There are a few small brown spots in the glaze from iron impurities in the clay body.
Height: 4 in.