Khalong wares, made in the 14th - 16th centuries in North-Central Thailand are relatively recent discoveries, but are arguably some of the finest ceramics to come out of SE Asia. This piece, in perfect condition, features an underglaze iron pattern named "black crow" which probably represents astylized floral motif such as crysanthemum.
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Detail of Futon-ji (Bed Cover), indigo-dyed cotton, Meji Era (1868-1912.) Pattern is the "Three Friends of Winter" (Pine, Bamboo, & Plum) and most likely commissioned and given as part of a wedding dowry from the bride's family. The elements symbolize the ability to perservere and overcome difficult times, just as the pine remains evergreen, bamboo exercises resiliency, and the plum tree is the first to blossom after the harsh winter.