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

Ceremonial vessel, c. 1000 BCE

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This extraordinary ceremonial vessel, one of a group, was discovered in the Lopburi–Pa Sak basin in central Thailand. The oldest settlements in this region date back over three thousand years and have yielded several important Neolithic objects. While a few ceramic depictions of animals in Neolithic and Bronze Age Thailand are known, this water buffalo, which stands as the centerpiece of the 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.

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Title
Ceremonial vessel
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Artist
Accession Number
2000.204.1
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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