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Huge Chinese Qing Jiaqing Daoguang Temple Jar Dragon


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Massive late Qing dynasty Jiaqing to Daoguang period porcelain lidded baluster form jar, or "general's helmet jar" (jiang jun guan), decorated at the midsection in blue and white with four alternating circular four-clawed dragon and phoenix medallions set against a celadon ground. Separating the medallions are four flying bats with auspicious symbols hanging from ribbons held in the bats’ mouths. A blue and white ruyi band is above the shoulder and a blue and white floral band is at the base. The helmet form lid is decorated with three circular phoenix medallions and a flower on the flattened round form finial. This style of jar is also often referred to as a “temple jar.” The base holds a 4-character underglaze blue apocryphal Ming dynasty Chenghua period reign mark. The interior is glazed and the mouth rim, foot rim, and the underside edge of the lid are all unglazed. Dates from the first half of the 19th century. 17” high x about 9” diameter. Weighs about 13 lbs. The jar is in very good, solid condition overall. There are a few old browned hairline cracks in the celadon background, there is a star crack to the base, and there are two old cracks (2” long and 3 ½” long) extending down from the mouth rim (one with small vestiges of old restoration adhesive adhering), and there is a small round burst bubble in the glaze on one of the phoenix medallions. From the private collection of a former American resident in Guangzhou and Beijing from 1983-1987.