Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Buddhist Lotus Jar
This rare and interesting pottery jar was made between the 10th and 13th centuries, during the Five Dynasties period (AD 906 - 960), Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279) or possibly the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368) and has been excavated from a Buddhist site in Yunnan province.
This jar is quite "heavily-potted" and the pottery is particularly dark, almost black. There are good traces of white pigment on both the jar and cover. The wall is decorated with applied strips of clay to form two rows of lotus leaves. The cover is also particularly elaborate.
Height 25.5 cm (10 inches). Part of the cover has been broken and re-stuck and there are minor hairline cracks to part of the base/lower body, possibly caused during manufacture; the jar itself has no restoration or repair. A nice example of Yunnan Buddhist pottery in very good 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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