Lime-paste jar in form of a bird, with lid


Historical period(s)
Angkor period, 1177-1430
Stoneware with iron glaze
H x W x D: 5.9 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm (2 5/16 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in)
Cambodia or Northeast Thailand
Credit Line
Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Angkor period (802 - 1431), bird, brown and black glaze, Cambodia, stoneware, Thailand, WWII-era provenance

From circa 1970-1972 to 1996
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge [1]

From 1996
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge in 1996


[1] Object File. Objects collected at this time by the Hauges largely came from dealers in Ayutthaya and Bangkok.

Previous Owner(s)

Victor and Takako Hauge American (1919 - 2013, 1923 - 2015)


Khmer potters made many animal-shaped containers and lidded small jars to be used for holding lime paste, one of the ingredients in the betel quid. Made from areca nut and lime paste wrapped in a fresh betel leaf, the betel quid was chewed as a digestive and stimulant, but also had an important role in hospitality to guests and in social and religious rituals. Ceramic containers for lime paste were made in graduated sizes--for use by individuals or larger groups--and glazed with both green and brown glazes.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort, Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Ann C. Gunter. Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts. Washington, 2000. cat. 59, pp. 126, 146.
  • Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 208-211.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Kumeeru touki (Khmer Ceramics): Haugi Correkushon wo chushin to shita kumeeru toki no kenkyu (Research on Khmer Ceramics Centering on the Hauge Collection). no. 22. cat. 59, p. 164.
Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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