Sukhothai Jar

Ref. Number: A081

Country: Thailand

Period: 15-16th Century

Shipwreck Jar

Shipwreck Jar

Ceramics from the production centres in Si Satchanalai and Sukhothai (the two most important cities of the Sukhothai kingdom) made up the bulk of the Thai trade ceramics of the 15th century.

Production at the Sukhothai sites began in the 13th century AD, possibly with the decline of Khmer ceramics. During the 15th century China was faced with an important crisis, opening the opportunity for Sukhothai ceramics to conquer export markets. Sukhothai traded these precious ceramics with its neighbors. The transport was often by ship across the oceans. Sukhothai wares have been found in Indonesia, the Philippines and China among other countries.

In the middle of the 16th century, production at Sukhothai was discontinued, possibly related to the wars between the kingdom of Ayudhaya and the Burmese, and the resurgence of Chinese ceramics.

These ceramics and Ring-handled bottles have been found in sunken vessels around the gulf of Thailand, still in good condition after centuries in the water enduring the mini-ecosystems teeming with fish, corals and other life attracted to the hulls as they would to a natural reef.

Sukhothai Jar

Sukhothai Jar

Large jars are ideal vessels for water storage. Strong and sturdy, they are not likely to overturn and spill the contents. The density also helps to keep liquids cool, and the thick round mouth rim enables the jar to be sealed with a cover (made of wood) for protection from insects and dust.

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