Medium size Cizhou jar from a Shanxi kiln.
The narrow and short neck, the wide shoulder and the characters on it are typical for the late Ming style of Cizhou jars. Height 53cm, diameter 35cm.
There's a small chip missing from the rim.
No cracks or re-painted areas.
The glaze on the shoulder is thicker than on the body where areas are hardly covered by glaze.
This is the only late Ming example for this size I have ever seen out of hundreds!
Some stats: for the early Qing Cizhou jars there's about one large one on every 10 medium sized ones. On every 10 large ones (so 100 medium ones), you will find 1 or 2 late Ming ones. This suggests you should find among 100 medium sized ones about 10-20 late Ming ones. You don't!
It's most likely that the medium size became popular in the early Qing period, the market asking for smaller units.
Maybe they had their own little recession back then?
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