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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: item # 1173581

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Large Chinese Sui / Tang Dynasty Stoneware Jar & Cover
Large Chinese Sui / Tang Dynasty Stoneware Jar & Cover (7th Century)

This rare and handsome stoneware vessel, complete with its original cover, comes from the north of China and was made during the Sui Dynasty (AD 581 - 618) or the early Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906) most likely at one of the Henan workshops. It is heavily-potted with a short neck around which are four sturdy twin-loop handles. The upper outer body, and the whole of the inner surface, are coated in a finely-crackled pale and fairly thin yellowish-green glaze. Around the shoulder are three lightly-incised parallel lines. To the base are Chinese characters that seem to have been written in fired-on black pigment.

Height 38 cm (15 inches), diameter 27.5 cm (10.75 inches). The glaze has flaked a little from the surface in places. To the side of one of the loop handles is an old chip. There are hairlines to the base, more visible when looking inside the jar, these most likely from manufacture due to the thickness of the base. This outstanding vessel is free from restoration or repair. 

For information: jars of this size and type are extremely rare, and it is most unusual to see such a jar still with its original cover. To appreciate its size and from, our last image shows it alongside a more "standard" Tang Dynasty stoneware jar of the same general type. 

We first bought this jar from an antique shop in Bath, England (reportedly from a private collection) in the late 1990s and sold it to a local Sussex collector. We have recently bought it back from that collector and can now again offer it for sale.

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