Bottle with anthropomorphic shape
- Other titles:
- Bottle of gourd shape, Bottle with anthropomorphic features
- Upper Asian gallery
- Further information
The iconography of this rare covered jar may refer to a meditating sage, or 'rishi', one of the wandering ascetics associated with Hinduism and distinguished by their beards. The form may be that of a mountain, abstracted and translated into the Khmer ceramic idiom. Since mountains were considered the abode of the gods and a place of retreat, they were favourite haunts of ascetics. It is unclear whether this vessel had a specific function: it may be a funerary urn or a holy water jar, or something for everyday use. Although one of the finest examples of this type of Khmer jar, it is still covered in the technically flawed but characteristic smooth, brown glaze that easily flakes.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.317.
- Place of origin
- Cultural origin
- Cambodia: Angkor period 802–1431
- mid 12th century
- stoneware with brown glaze
- 26.0cm height
- Gift of Mr F. Storch 1981
- Accession number