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Ancient Thai Ban Chiang Vessel

Item Number: 20194
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Circa 3000 BCE
11.5" (29cm)
Small repair on back side to stabilize crack. Also a large chip out of lower white painted area, which obviously was done in its early life. Also a chip from rim.
Purchased by present owner at Sotheby's Arcade Auctions in New York #157/1390 (original tag included) in the 1980s


This beautiful large example of Ban Chiang pottery has a characteristic buff surface with red lined design. The piece has a high waist with wide mouth, flaring lip, ribbed waist, body painted in slightly curved, narrow vertical lines in red melon forms with curved lines decorating the foot. The wave pattern on the bottom shows it was made by the Bann Puuluu people who inhabit a more southerly region towards the Mekong from Ban Chiang (all lived in NE Thailand in the same period). These are normally more expensive and sought after than the normal Ban Chiang. They were excavated by the Swedes and other Scandinavians. A classic piece that would display well with modern art.

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