Large Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Longquan Celadon Jarlet
This attractively-shaped jar was made during the 13th - 14th century at one of the Longquan kilns in Zhejiang province. It is heavily-potted and has been made in two halves, upper and lower, that have been luted together around the waist. At the shoulder are two small loop handles. It is coated in a thick olive-green glaze, the colour varying due to uneven conditions in the kiln, in places almost approaching a "golden celadon" colour. The concave base remains unglazed revealing the pale grey porcelaneous body. To the shoulder there is a little crackling of the glaze that has become stained over time.
This is large example of its type with a diameter of 11 cm (4.3 inches). It is in good condition with no repair or restoration.
Similar examples, with and without the loop handles, are illustrated in the Southeast Asian Ceramics Society book "Chinese Celadons".
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