Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Pottery Buddhist Zodiac Jarï¿½
This interesting pottery jar was made during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279), or possibly the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368) and has been been excavated from a Buddhist site in Yunnan province.
The wall of the jar has been decorated with six lotus leaf panels within which are moulded and applied human figures and zodiac animals. Equidistant around the shoulder are moulded and applied vajra (Buddhist sceptres). On the surface in places and under the cover are what appear to be traces of a pink pigment. If looking carefully at the inside minute specks of gold leaf can be seen, part of the original contents of this jar.
Height 24.5 cm (9.5 inches). Some surface wear but no repair or restoration; very good condition.
This jar is from our own collection of Buddhist vessels from Yunnan that we have collected over several years and not previously offered for sale.
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