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Water Jar
CM 273-2524
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Although it is a Hariphunchai copy and not an original, it shows the artform of the Haripunchai period and it shows that this style continued to flourish in Chiang Mai much later on. This jar is a beautiful example of such a jar.

History of the Object
It is a copy of a water jar from the Hariphunchai art period (12th-13th Century). In Thai a jar like this is called Khon Too or Nam Thon. For Thai people, it is more than just a jar, it is in a way an art form. This type of jar can only be found in Chiang Mai where it is quite famous.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Painted terracotta 
Measurements
Height 30.5 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand; Chiang Mai 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
This water jar was used by common people to keep water.  
Acquisition
The object was acquired from the Buddhasatan, an educational Buddhist Centre in Chiang Mai. It was donated in 1981. The Buddhasatan functioned as a museum and received many objects for guarding from abandoned temples. See also: CM 540-2516; 6-2516; 13-2516 and 11-2516  
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Kingdom of Thailand 
Museum
Chiang Mai National Museum 
Credit line
 

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