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. As with almost all other known similar examples there are various kilns scars showing that little care was taken to prevent them from coming into contact with other vessels in the kiln during firing. Inside this jar can be seen the circular remains possibly of the base of a smaller vessel that was fired inside this jar; similar circular kiln scars can also be seen on the outer surface near the base! Inside the cover is a large pool of glaze showing that the cover was fired upside-down.
Height 34 cm (13.5 inches), diameter 27 cm (10.5 inches). This is an exceptional example of its type in outstanding condition. Although the glaze has flaked from the surface in places around the rim and edge of the cover, there is no sign of any restoration or repair; fine condition.
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