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) and has been been excavated from a Buddhist site in Yunnan province.
It is made from a buff-coloured pottery and is of globular form standing on an integral foot. Both cover and jar are decorated with bands of incised parallel lines, on the jar forming lotus leaf shapes. Some of the lines on the jar have been filled in with a pale green pigment. Around the rim of the jar is a band of "pie-crust" decoration.
Although not easy to see, to the underside of the cover are Sanskrit-type characters written in red pigment, most likely being a Buddhist incantation. In places on the surface are ancient calcified root/plant growths, as well as a thin white limescale-type deposit that covers part of both the inner and outer upper surface.
Height 30.5 cm (12 inches), diameter 24 cm (9.5 inches). Condition is very good; there is what are clearly ancient chips to the edge of the foot. However, both cover and jar are free from any restoration or repair.
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