An early Northern Sung (11-12th c.) white glaze jar with cover. This is a shining white glaze over a greyish biscuit. A direct descendent of the earlier Tang white glaze from the northern kilns. Sung ware were prized for the form and glaze. Both vessel rigidity and glaze control benefited from the higher temperatures (1200 Centigrade) of the kilns. The glaze & biscuit on this vessel show the same characteristics as T'su Chou ware. Note the glaze on the inside of the footrim and the clean scraped unglazed bottom interior of the cup. Cover interior unglazed. The pic shows an old collection inventory mark in red and 2 Chinese characters in black. Not a recent import.
3.5"H x 3"D. Very good condition for ceramics 900 to 1000 years old. No cracks, only some roughness at rims. Darkish spots are kiln dirt not damage.
An outstanding Sung covered jar in classic form. (I have a pair. You can buy 1 or 2.)