Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia

Tools used to shape round-bottomed earthenware pots. The woman potter first shapes the pot rim with a damp cloth, then forms the pot. She holds a mushroom-shaped fired clay anvil inside the pot while she strikes the outside with a carved wooden paddle that imparts texture and pattern. Ban Cham Saming, Sangkha district, Sisaket province, Northeast Thailand, 1994. Photograph by Louise Allison Cort.


The Library will develop and expand as a collection of essays on central topics specially commissioned for this catalogue, translations of key articles from regional languages and Japanese into English, and "reprints" of older or hard-to-access articles of enduring value.

Ceramic Sherds from Southeast Asia—The Freer Study Collection and its Donors introduces the resources of the Freer Gallery Study Collection, consisting primarily of sherds and wasters collected in the field prior to 1973.

The Bibliography reflects the broad framework within which ceramics are considered in this catalogue. One important aim of this section is to foster awareness of the important scholarship conducted by scholars in Japan, all too often published only in Japanese. Subcategories of the Bibliography single out a variety of specialized topics, including published reports on materials analysis and dates for kiln sites and objects. New entries will continue to be added, and suggestions submitted through Field Notes are welcome.

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