Rare pottery storage jar with amber sancai type glaze, Ming Dynasty, circa Jiajing to Wanli reigns (1521-1620 CE)- based on dated similar shipwreck discovery pieces. This type of jar is generically referred to as a Martaban jar which was a port city in the old Pegu Kingdom in present day Myanmar. These were exported all over South East Asia, and although their origins are very diverse, i.e., Vietnam, Thailand as well as China this one is from a Fujian Kiln in Southern China. These jars are considered treasured heirloom pieces and were handed down from generation to generation through much of Southeast Asia. I acquired this piece and old Macau dealer which came directly from China about 30 or 40 year ago. This jar appears to have never been used, and is in near pristine condition with just a few spots that are unglazed and a section of one claw that may have broken off or kiln damage. H: 22cm/8.7in and D: 16cm/6.2in. The appliqué dragon is quite lively and from a cultural point view quite unique as they served a practical use as storage as well as spiritual in storing ancestor bones or war trophies amongst the Iban or as a form of trade currency.