Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Swatow Porcelain Covered Jar
This covered jar was made during the Wanli reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. It has an underglaze blue decoration of floral patterns. The thick crackled glaze covers both inner and outer surfaces of the jar and the outer surface of the cover. The inside of the cover and the base of the jar remain unglazed. To the lower part of the jar the thick glaze has "crawled" in places and there is also kiln grit embedded within the glaze, a common feature of "Swatow" (also known as "Zhangzhou") ware of this period.
Diameter 10.5 cm (4 inches). There are chips to the inner and outer edges of the cover, but there is no repair or restoration.
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