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Bencharong Ware Jar (tho)


Artwork Details

Bencharong Ware Jar (tho)
19th century
porcelain with overglaze enamel painting
6 11/16 in. x 4 5/16 in. x 4 5/16 in. ( 17 cm x 11 cm x 11 cm )
Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection


The 'tho' jar has a shape that is unique to ceramics produced for the Thai market: the bowl itself usually has a slightly flaring foot, and the domed lid rises to a bud-like knob, calling to mind the traditional spires that top sacred Buddhist architecture.

Subject Matter:

Bencharong ware ceramic jar for food offering, flowers, or incense. Made in China for the export market with a lid that that mimics the spires of Thai Buddhist architecture. These Thai shapes and patterns were produced by Chinese artisans using model books supplied by the Thai.

Physical Description:

Covered ceramic jar with brilliantly colored Thai-inspired overglaze enamel painting in floral patterns. The lid mimics the spires of Thai Buddhist architecture, rising from the gentle curve of the lower portion of the lid and alternating between solid bands of green, and multicolored floral patterns. The green covers what would be the underside of each of the colorful three tiers of "roof" segments, culminating in what appears to be a red and gold lotus bud at the top of the lid.

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