Chinese Song Dynasty Stoneware Dragon Jar (AD 960 - 1279)
This interesting stoneware jar was made during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 -1279). It is "heavily-potted" and has an applied decoration around its shoulder featuring a dragon chasing a pearl; the dragon, of course, seen as a divine mystical creature and the pearl a symbol of strength, fortune and transformation.
It is coated in a thick dark iron-brown glaze, that falls short of the base of the jar, on top of a pale slip. This jar has an unusually small mouth for its type; note also the unusual raised band above the base. There are small areas around the shoulder where the glaze has "crawled" during firing revealing the body.
Height 19 cm (7.5 inches). Condition is very good; there are minor losses to the dragon's "horns" and to the ridge of its back but there is no repair or restoration.
Our last image shows other jars of this type that we are offering for sale separately: these jars have all been excavated from Sichuan province.
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