Large Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Incised Pottery Buddhist Jar
This rare pottery jar was made in the 12th / 13th century during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279), or possibly the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368).
It is made from a buff-coloured pottery and is of globular form standing on an integral foot. Both the jar and the cover have been decorated with incised lotus leaf patterns. In addition, toward the foot of the jar is a band of "piecrust" decoration. Both jar and cover have traces of coloured pigment, mostly a reddish brown, but also traces of black and green pigments.
Height 32 cm (12.5 inches), diameter 27 cm (10.5 inches). Although there is no restoration or repair, there are old chips to the edge of the foot and a hole to the base of the jar, possibly caused during excavation.
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