This is a very fine and imposing ceramic jar that shows clearly the ambition and the imagination of Khmer potters. The body is of tapered ovoid form with high shoulders that have decorative combing around them, and a small mouth. It would have been used for ceremonial purposes, and similar jars have sometimes contained hoards of treasure or treasured reliquary items. Despite their simple technical resources, the Khmer potters experimented widely with challenging forms and with glaze . These bicoloured combinations are usually found on smaller jarlets (there is one in our collection) and only rarely on large pieces such as this. There are some fine examples in the Yothin Tharahirunchot Collection in Bangkok
Ex: I.M. Chait.
Height: 31 cm.
Condition: As is most often the case, there is restoration to the neck, and the lid is chipped; otherwise very good. The glaze is in much better condition than is usual with large Khmer pots which tend to flake very easily; here it retains a thick lustre. There are of course small chips and imperfections.