Rare Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Buddhist Sanskrit Jar
This very rare jar was made during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279) or possibly the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368) and has been excavated from a Buddhist site in Yunnan province, then ,a particularly isolated part of China. Whilst the clay was still soft, prior to firing, the entire outer surface of this jar was incised with characters of a Sanskrit-type script, the Buddhist script of that area at the time. There is also one incised character to the flat base of the jar. Toward part of the lower body is a column of incised Chinese characters. We have not had the text translated but it undoubtedly relates to Buddhist scriptures or prayers. The upper surface of the cover has been almost carelessly decorated with an incised geometric pattern.
This incised characters on this particular example are quite shallow and partially obscured by the burial soil that still adheres to much of the surface. There are many traces of ancient root/plant growths within the soil that adheres to the inner surface of the jar.
Height 24 cm (9.5 inches). There is some surface wear but overall this jar is in good condition. There is a chip the the finial of the cover, and also a repaired chip to the edge.
Similar vessels first appeared on the market several years ago but were soon snapped up by eager collectors with only a few still remaining available for sale from sellers such as ourselves who purchased those that we could at the time. This jar has been in our own private collection of Yunnan Buddhist vessels for many years and has not previously been offered for sale.
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