Large Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Painted Pottery Buddhist Jar with Sanskrit Inscription
This large pottery jar was made during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279), or possibly the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368) and has been been excavated from a Buddhist site in Yunnan province.
It is made from a buff-coloured pottery and a very elegant example of its type. It stands on quite an elaborate integral pedestal with the lower body decorated with bands of applied lotus leaves. The cover is nicely decorated with an incised floral pattern. Although obscured by the burial soil that adheres to the surface, it is clear that the jar has been elaborately painted in lotus leaf patterns of bright coloured pigments: red, white and yellow.
The underside of the cover is boldly painted with a ring of Sanskrit-type characters in red pigment.
Height 37 cm (14.5 inches). No repair or restoration; fine condition.
This jar is from our own collection of Buddhist vessels from Yunnan that we have collected over several years and not previously offered for sale.
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