Antique Chinese Glazed Stoneware Shipwreck Jar
Some time ago we bought a small group of jars of this type. We were told they dated to the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279) and had been in storage, having several years earlier been recovered from a shipwreck. To the base of each jar is written an inventory number (we were told around 200 of these jars were excavated but how accurate this is, we do not know). Around the neck of each jar is a cardboard label (with a rusting metal eye commensurate with these having been in storage for some time) and a lead seal, the label and seal apparently being official Thai permission allowing these to be exported from Thailand. However, we have been unable to find out any more details. Furthermore, the Song Dynasty attribution is doubtful, these possibly actually dating to the 18th or 19th century. If you know more about the origin of these jars please let us know.
This jar is glazed inside and out in a deep brown speckled, teadust-type glaze, with the glaze on the outer surface falling short of the unglazed base. There is a small chip to its rim but no restoration or repair. Diameter 12.5 cm (5 inches).
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