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Laotian Water Bottle

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Laotian incised earthenware water bottle, early 1900's
Description This is a magnificently incised, carved and detailed bottle used to hold water. It's made of a very fine, black clay and appears to have been burnished. The structure of the piece is composed of four parts: a very high foot, thrown seperately, then scored, slipped and attached to the main body of the bottle which comprises of three bulbous spheres that have a similar look to chinese double gourd vessels. The thrown body was probably made with a thick wall in mind so that the beautiful designs that decorate the bottle may be incised and gouged in bands running almost the full length of the bottle. The shape complimented by the bands of design lends a very strong rhythm and architecture to this piece.