Thailand / Stem cup, Ban Chiang type / 1st millennium B.C.Thailand
Stem cup, Ban Chiang type
1st millennium B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Southeast Asian; Thai
Creator Name-CRT: Thailand
Title: Stem cup, Ban Chiang type
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: 1st millennium B.C.
Creation Place: Thailand
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware with painted and incised decoration
Dimensions: H. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)

This elegant stem cup was assembled in two pieces: a short bulbous cup with a full rim, and a longer handle or "stem" with a splayed foot. Geometric patterns, both curvilinear forms and more structured triangles and rectangles, are delicately incised on the cup and at the lower part of the stem, and painted with red and buff slips.

Cups such as this example, which combine painted and incised decoration, are assigned to the middle phase at Ban Chiang and related sites. Several cups in this shape are known; however, no comparable pieces have been scientifically excavated at the site. They may represent a cognate tradition centered on a comparable site on the Khorat Plateau or elsewhere in mainland Southeast Asia. Such ceramics were most likely among the luxury goods traded and exchanged as gifts between cultures in Southeast Asia that had long been linked to each other via rivers and other waterways.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1987.424.4.2
Credit Line: Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1987
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1987.424.4.2
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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