Prof. Sharon Wai-yee Wong has published a new article titled “柬埔寨吴哥荔枝山窑青釉盒子装饰工艺与中国陶瓷的关系 (The Decoration Methods of Green Glazed Covered Boxes of Phnom Kulen Kilns in Angkor of Cambodia and Its Relationship with China’s Ceramics)” in Palace Museum Journal.
The Khmer Empire was a dominant power in mainland Southeast Asia from the 9th to 15th centuries. Since the 9th century, the Khmers started to produce high-fired glazed stoneware. The various shapes and motifs of green glazed covered boxes manufactured from Phnom Kulen Kilns dated from the 11-12th centuries were inspired by the decorative methods of Yue Kilns from the Tang to Northern Song Period. These covered boxes were used as complementary goods with gold and silver wares by royal court and the middle-and-upper classes until the influx of Chinese covered boxes in Angkor since the mid-12th century. These covered boxes contained beeswax or other perfume for ritual and daily uses, they could demonstrate the powerful kingship and the polity prosperity.
Keywords: Cambodia; Angkor; ceramics; green glazed covered boxes; decorative methods; Yue Kilns