Rare Large Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Glazed Buddhist Zodiac Jar
This very rare 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 that has been coated in a green glaze that is very thin in places.
Around the waist of the jar have been applied twelve mouldings, the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. The upper body has been carved into a band of lotus leaves and further decorated with five applied mouldings of human figures. The cover has been decorated with an incised elaborate eight-pointed star.
Height 35 cm (13.75 inches). Some surface wear and loss of glaze in places but no sign of restoration or repair.
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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