kalong dish

DSCN3383  Kalong kilns situated centrally between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai produced some of the finest Thai ceramics. The clay from the river banks being extremely fine allowed the formation of thinly potted wares which is the hallmark for Kalong.

The glaze being a soft rain cloud grey colour evenly applied. Where decorated iron underglaze was used in bold abstract brush strokes.

The kilns operated possibly as early as the 14th century with majority of wares made in 15th century.

The captioned dish in underglaze decoration of a pattern found on a number of dishes continues to puzzle whether the interior it is a vegetal design or abstract bird ( crow) design.  Possibly the latter as the outer body seems to be a cloud design.

diameter 20 cm.