Large Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Incised Pottery Buddhist Jar
This rare pottery jar was made in the 12th / 13th century 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 is of globular form standing on an integral foot. Both cover and jar are decorated with incised lines, on the jar forming lotus leaf panels. Some of the lines on both the jar and cover have been filled in with a pale green pigment. Toward the foot of the jar is a band of "pie-crust" decoration and to the cover have been applied four crudely-formed lotus leaves. To the inner surface is a fine network of ancient root/plant growths from this jar's long burial.
Height 32 cm (12.5 inches), diameter 25.5 cm (10 inches). Condition is very good; there is a chip to the outer edge of the foot. Tapping the cover also suggests there is a hairline crack to it, but it must be so fine as we simply cannot see it. However, both cover and jar are free from any restoration or repair.
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