On View In:
Gallery 213
Artist:   Unknown  
Title:   Vessel  
Date:   c. 1000 BCE  
Medium:   Earthenware with impressed designs  
Dimensions:   13 x 15 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (33 x 38.7 x 18.4 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund, the Helen Jones Fund for Asian Art, and the Suzanne S. Roberts Fund for Asian Art  
Location:   Gallery 213  

This extraordinary group of ceremonial vessels was discovered in the Lopburi-Pa Sak basin in central Thailand. The oldest settlements in this region date back over 3,000 years and have yielded several important Neolithic objects. While a few ceramic depictions of animals in Neolithic and Bronze Age Thailand are known, the water buffalo that stands as the centerpiece of this group exhibits an originality, creativity, and superb workmanship that has no comparison in early Thai ceramic art. It is also the largest pottery buffalo known from this period. Thermoluminesence tests show the vessels to date to around 1000 BCE.

Name:   Unknown  

Object Description  
Classification:   Ceramics  
Physical Description:   Vessel in the Shape of a Buffalo with cylindrical body, small downward-pointing tail and small ears and horns; cylindrical vessel mouth on top of buffalo's back; body of buffalo decorated with incised geometric shapes  
Creation Place:   Asia, Thailand, , , Lop Buri  
Accession #:   2000.204.1  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts