Rare Chinese Song Dynasty Stoneware Jar / Amphora - Yixing Kiln
This unusual stoneware cone-shaped storage jar, or amphora, was made during the Southern Song Dynasty (AD 1127 - 1279), most likely at the Yixing kilns in Jiangsu province in the east of China. It is "heavily-potted" and is coated both inside and out in a very thin brown glaze that, to the outer surface has worn or degraded in places to such an extent that the pale grey body is revealed. There are minor kiln scars to the body in places.
This is quite a large vessel with a height of 26.5 cm (10.5 inches). Close examination of the surface reveals faint, and clearly ancient, hairlines to part of the lower body that cannot be detected by tapping the surface. There is also a chip to the base, but no repair or restoration.
See also our slightly smaller example, stock number MA331.
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