Glass Shard


H x W: 4.7 x 4.2 cm (1 7/8 x 1 5/8 in)
Thailand, Ayutthaya, The Wihan Somdet Palace
Credit Line
Gift of Anonymous donor
Accession Number
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Currently not on view

Glass fragment: shard


From 1975-76 to 1992
Private collection, collected from Wihan Somdet Palace, Ayutthaya, Thailand between 1975 and 1976. [1]

From 1992
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of an anonymous donor. [2]


[1] See Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record.

[2] See Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.


1. (E.Duley 08/10/93) This is a collection of 25 glass shards. See FSC-G-18 through FSC-G-42.

2. (S. Kitsoulis, 24 October 2006) The following information cited on storage card.
25 fragments of glass (place of manufacture unknown) found in Ayutthaya, Thailand, at the Wilhan Somdet Palace by Forrest McGill.

12 May 1992 Given by Mr. Forrest McGill
1668-B Euclid St., NW DC 20009

3. (Najiba Choudhury, May 31, 2015) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "From a letter, currently in the object file, written by the donor: "I picked up the fragments off the surface at the ruins of so-called Wihan Somdet Palace in 1975-76 while I was in Ayutthaya on a Fulbright. During that period I actually collected a big box of sherds from the surface at various monuments and localities around the city. I labeled them all carefully as to exactly where they were found. Eventually I asked the director of the National Museum in Bangkok to accept the for a study collection there. She indicated that the National Museum had no procedures for accepting or caring for such study materials. I left most of the sherds with Dr. Vichai Poshyachinda of Chulalongkorn University, a very serious amateur art historian. The sherds of what I thought to be Dutch blue-and-white tiles," (see SC-P-3905 through SC-P-3932) "and the fragments of glass also from the surface at the Wihan Somdet, seemed so unusual and important that I couldn't risk their being lost. I brought them home in my suitcase.""

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