Fine Large Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Painted Pottery Buddhist Jar with Sanskrit Inscription
This rare pottery jar was made 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 of globular form standing on an integral pedestal. There is a double-band of "pie-crust" decoration on the lower surface of the jar and also a "piecrust" band to the cover. There is also applied decoration in the form of lotus leaves around the lower body and also vertical columns. The whole of the upper body is covered with incised decoration. In addition, the whole of the body, save the foot, is elaborately decorated in various brightly-coloured pigments. On the surface in places, and underside of the cover, are remains of ancient plant/root growths from its long burial.
There is a ring a Sanskrit-type characters around the waist of the jar in red pigment although not easy to see at first glance as the pigment is the same colour as the red in the lotus leaf decoration.
It is extremely rare to see such extensive original coloured pigment remaining on such a jar.
This is a large jar with a height of 39 cm (15.25 inches). No restoration or repair. This really is an exceptional jar in exceptional condition.
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