Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Longquan Celadon Dragon Jarlet
This small moulded 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 bluish-green glaze of good colour. Surrounding the upper body is a moulded dragon chasing a flaming pearl and around the lower body is a cloud or wave pattern. The extreme lower body remains unglazed and has fired to a reddish-brown, although the true colour of the porcelaneous body is pale grey, as is revealed by wear and a small chip to the edge of the concave base. There is some crackling of the glaze that surrounds part of the lower body.
Diameter 8.5 cm (3.25 inches). 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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