Rare Tang Dynasty jar with well executed Chinese calligraphy. This is a high fired near porcelaneous grey stoneware jar with a finely crackled greenish glaze on a thin white slip. The stepped lotus finial on the lid suggests a Buddhist connection as it resembles the top of a Chinese pagoda. Perhaps this was an offering vessel or a kind of “soul jar”. I don’t think that this was a bone ash jar as there is absolutely no residue of anything inside (clean as whistle- so to speak) although I believe to this to be a funerary ware. This in near perfect condition with no chips, cracks just some tiny fritting on the tip of the finial. H: 31cm/12.2in and D: 23cm/9in. The writing on the jar translates – may you be “forever young” while the writing on the lid wishes for longevity.