Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Incised Buddhist Pottery Jar
This very 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.ï¿½
The decoration of this particular jar features elaborate incised patterns based around lotus leaves. Around the shoulder, and on top of the cover, are pierced lugs, presumably to enable the cover to be tied securely to the jar.
Height 30.5 cm (12 inches). There is a hairline crack to the wall of the jar and a larger crack to the base that have been stabilised. The nature of these repairs suggest they were hastily performed at the excavation site. However, the way the base is slightly concave suggests the crack to the base is a firing crack as opposed to actual damage. Overall, a very impressive, and almost certainly unique, example of ancient Yunnan Buddhist pottery.
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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