Fine Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Pottery Buddhist Lotus Jar
This fine 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 wide body of the jar has been elaborately decorated with two bands of applied lotus leaves. The dome-shaped cover has been similarly decorated. The whole of the inner surface of the jar is covered in a network of ancient root/plant growths from its long burial. The top of one of the lotus leaves has been broken off, the burial soil adhering to the surface clearly showing that this was done in antiquity.
Height 29 cm (11.5 inches). There is no sign of restoration or repair; this impressive jar is in fine condition.
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