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Large Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Painted Buddhist Jar


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Rare Large Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Painted Buddhist Zodiac Jar

This rare 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.�

Several jars of this general type are known although this is larger than most known examples. It is also unusual as it retains traces of the original multi-coloured painted lotus leaf design that originally covered the entire surface.�

The wall of the jar has been decorated with six large lotus leaf panels, within which are applied moulded figures and zodiac animals. The mouldings, however, are quite crude, and one moulding even has a part missing, yet was still painted over. The cover is decorated with an elaborate moulded eight-pointed star pattern. Inside the jar are a few tiny flecks of gold leaf.

Height 31.5 cm (12.5 inches). There is some surface wear and a scratch to the cover, presumably caused during excavation. No sign of restoration or repair; very good condition.

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