Antique Sawankhalok Lidded Bowl, Fruit Stem Handle, Thailand (3170BLE) $385


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This charm of this 14/15th century stoneware Sawankhalok lidded jar is its elegant mangosteen shape, the use of alternating vibrant cream and brown glazes and stylized incised floral and geometric designs. The lid has a curved stem handle and a round raised calyx, a circle of radiating leaf-like projections that protects a developing flower and represents a mangosteen, the delicious sweet tropical fruit loved throughout Southeast Asia. Concentric raised circles surround the calyx and the body is decorated with a band of incised vegetal scrolls.


Sawankhalok in north-central Thailand is an area with large ceramic kiln production during the Sukhothai Kingdom (1238-1583). When Ming emperors forbade export of Chinese ceramics from 1368-1487, known as the Ming Gap, Thailand became a major ceramics producer and exporter to Southeast Asia, Japan and the Middle East. During the 14th and 15th centuries, Sawankhalok kilns created a large range of shapes and glazes including many of unique creations. Stoneware lidded boxes were considered signs of wealth for Thais and overseas owners. Used to store spices, cosmetics, betel nut paraphernalia, medicine and more, they were ancestral pieces sometimes found buried with the deceased for use in the afterlife. Round shapes, lotus bud handles and floral design motifs were adopted from Hindu and Buddhist reliquaries and architectural elements. The most famous and prized ceramics of this period included stoneware with a glaze and celadons recognized for their high quality and beauty. This bowl has two minor chips on the inside rim and the Thai collector who owned this piece wrote “Sangkalok”, the piece’s dating and the number 32 on the bottom in pencil and its clear glaze has a subtle green hue covering much of the bowl’s interior.


Roxanna Maude Brown, The Ming Gap and Shipwreck Ceramics in Southeast Asia: Towards a Chronology of Thai Trade Ware, Bangkok, Siam Society, 2009.

Louise Allison Cort with George Ashley Williams IV and David P. Rehfuss, “Ceramics in Mainland and Southeast Asia, National Museum of Asian Art,” Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art,

Tom Harrison, “Ming Gap and Kota Batu, Brunei,” The Sarawak Museum Journal, New Series 8(11)/Old Series (26), pp. 273-77, 1958.

University of Michigan Museum of Art, “Sawankhalok Ware Covered Box with a conch handle, a band of stars, and vegetal school design.

Yew Seng Tai, “Ming Gap and the Revival of Commercial Production of Blue and White Porcelain in China,” Beijing, School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Vol. 31, 2011.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Sukhothai Kingdom


14-15th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 3.3751"Dia: 4.6251"

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 8.571cm Dia: 1.751cm




Very good, see description

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