Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Pottery Buddhist Zodiac Jar
This interesting 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.
The jar has been decorated with a variety of techniques: around the wall of the jar have been applied strips of clay to form five lotus leaf panels. To the upper part of three of these panels is a human figure standing with hands together holding a long object. These figures have been formed by pressing the soft clay from the inside of the jar into a small mould placed against the outer surface. Below these, formed by the same method, are images of ten of the twelve zodiac animals. An "S" pattern has been repeatedly impressed around the shoulder of the jar. The surface colour of the jar is mostly due to the iron-rich red Yunnan soil, the colour of the actual pottery being pale grey.
Height 21.5 cm (8.5 inches). Some surface wear, but very good condition with no sign of any repair or restoration.
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