Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Incised Pottery Jar - Lotus Blossoms
This rare pottery jar was made around the time of the Wanli reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. The incised pattern features two lotus blossoms on opposing sides of the body, above and below which are bands of lotus leaves. The outer surface and inner mouth have been coated in a thin green glaze, much of which has flaked away over time. The pattern would have been filled in with brown and yellow glazes although this has also mostly flaked away, leaving little trace. In places the remaining glaze has acquired a silvery iridescence, a result of long burial in damp conditions.
This type of pottery with its green, yellow and brown glazes was very popular with the Japanese at the time, where it was known as Kochi ware
Height 13.5 cm (5.25 inches). Notwithstanding the loss of glaze, the pottery itself is in good condition with no repair or restoration.
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