Fine Large Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Glazed Buddhist Jar
This large and impressive pottery jar was made around the 13th / 14th century, during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279) or the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368). Until recent years, this type of jar was almost unknown in the west with some people initially attributing them to the Liao Dynasty (same general period but in the north of China). These jars are now known to have originated from Yunnan province in the south-west of China.
It is "heavily-potted" and coated in a very attractive green glaze of varying shades that has been applied on top of a pale slip, to emphasize its colour. Moulded Buddhist motifs have been applied to the surfaces of both the cover and jar. Various kilns scars to both the inner and outer surfaces of the cover and to the base of the jar show that little care was taken to prevent it from coming into contact with other vessels in the kiln during firing.
Height 35 cm (13.75 inches), diameter 24.5 cm (9.5 inches). Although there is a small chip to the foot edge, an area of touch-up to the rim where a short crack has been stabilised and, like other known examples, the glaze has flaked from the surface in places around the rim and edge of the cover, this is an exceptional example of its type.
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