Tall Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Buddhist Pottery Jar
This very rare and interesting pottery jar was made between the 10th and 13th centuries, during the Five Dynasties period (AD 906 - 960), Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279) or possibly the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368) and has been excavated from a Buddhist site in Yunnan province.ï¿½
Most noticeable is the variation in colour from black to a pale creamy-yellow; this is as a result of uneven firing conditions during its manufacture. The jar itself is undecorated, whereas the large cover has bands of "piecrust" decoration and incised patterns. The inner surface, especially of the jar, is covered with networks of plant/root growths from its long burial.
This is large jar with an overall height of 42.5 cm (16.75 inches). The jar itself is free from repair or cracks and has good ring when tapped; the cover has a firing crack as well as a couple of fine hairline crackles to the edge. Part of the lower band of "piecrust" has been re-stuck and there is a small loss to the upper band of "piecrust" and to the tip of the finial of the cover. Overall, a large and impressive, possibly unique, example of ancient Yunnan Buddhist pottery.
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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