Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Pottery Buddhist Zodiac Jar with Fingerprints and Gold Leaf !
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.
This is an exceptional example of its type with two bands of lotus leaf panels. Within the upper band of lotus leaves are moulded and applied human figures, and zodiac animals. Around the shoulder is a band of repeated "S" impressions. The cover has been elaborately decorated with an incised six-pointed star pattern. On the underside of the cover are faint traces of Sanskrit-type characters in red pigment. There are also very faint traces of red pigment to the upper outer surface of the jar. On the outer surface in places are traces of fine networks of ancient plant/root growths.
Interestingly the zodiac animals have been impressed onto the surface and there are fingerprints of the potter on the inner surface where the clay was pushed into the mould containing the animal patterns.
Inside the jar are flacks of gold leaf, part of the original contents of the jar.ï¿½
Height 27.5 cm (11 inches). A very nice example with no restoration or repair in fine 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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