Khmer Porcelain

 

Khmer Porcelain

Khmer is the old name for Cambodia. Production of Khmer porcelain began in the 9th century during the rule of King Jayavarman II in 802 A.D. and ended around the 14th century. According to William Willet in his book Ceramic Art of South East Asia, most of Khmer's porcelain was produced in a place called Phnom Kulen, 40 kilometers south-west of Angkor. The kiln was situated near an old temple called Krus Prah Aram Rong Chena, a site which was used for 300 years.One of the unique things about Khmer porcelain were the animal designs on parts of the artifacts such as handles or holders, feet, spout or even the whole object. A fine example would be the shape of beaks of birds or trunks of elephants as the spout for kettles. Many other porcelain containerstoo were designed in the shape of animals such as rabbits, owls, hornbills, boars and elephants. These items however were not used for religious rituals.

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