Large Thai 13th / 15th Century Martaban Jar (Ex. Sotheby's / Stanley J Seeger Collection)
This large and impressive stoneware jar is of the type often referred to as a "Martaban" (or Martavan) jar. It is heavily-potted and coated in a thick dark brown/black glaze that falls short of the base. Around the waist and shoulder are bands of incised lines. There are four sturdy loop handles placed equidistant below the neck.
This jar was part of the Stanley J Seeger Collection (his details can be found on Wikipedia) and bears his collection number on its base. It was sold as part of the "Stanley J Seeger Collection" sale at Sotheby's in December 2002. Since then it has been part of a private Sussex collection.
Although described by Sotheby's simply as an "Asian black-glazed storage jar 13th - 15th century" we have identified it as Thai and being a product of one of the Sawankhalok kilns.
Height 38 cm (15 inches), diameter 34 cm (13.25 inches). Not that Sotheby's admitted to it, but looking inside the jar there are clear signs of old glue around the base of the neck showing its has been stuck to the body. We also believe the loop handles have been subject to some repair/restoration. However, a very nice decorative item with good "provenance".
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