Styles and Typography

Documentation of ceramics found in excavations conducted by Bernard Groslier in 1953 generally serve as a guide for khmer ceramic dating.  The following periods are identifed from these efforts: 

Indravarman Style 877-944
Pale drippy green glazed wares with a hard white clay body.  Bottles with straight necks or everted rims showing a tired or stepped design.  Small round boxes madein a chinese style.

Rajandravarman Style 944-1001
Pale green glaze with incised decoration.  Jarlets with covers.

Suryavarman Style 1002-1050
Pale greedn glazed wares with hard clay bodies that are white and light grey in color.  Jarlets, bowls, and a vriety of small forms.  Early versions of small owl and elephant lime pots.  The appearance of dark brown and black glazes on baluster jar forms with incised decoration.

Baphuon Style
Brown and black glazed wares with color variation from caramel to opaque matt black.  Smaller to medium sized green glazed vessels.  Covered urns and bowls.  Two color wares including baluster jars, gourd shaped bottles, small jars with tiered covers and wide flages around the mid section.  Several types of bowls and zoomorphic forms most likely used for lime assiciated with betel chewing.

Jayavarman VI Style 1080-1107
Less two colored wares and green glazed wares present.  Finer incising and fewer flanges present on brown and black glazed forms continued from the previous period.  Bowls begin to appear with brown and black glazes and numerous bowls on short stands.  Sort squatty jars with tiny mouth rims and short necks.

Angkor Wat Style 1110-1177
Very few green glazed wares.  Thinner potting and better glaze fit than previous periods.  Incising spread over more surface area than just the shoulder.  Baluster shaped ewers disappear.  Many small zoomorphic pots.

Bayon/Jayavarman VII Style
Greatly reduced ceramic production.  Rough, ddeply carved decoration replaces fine incising. Dark glazes become thicker and darker.