Very Rare Chinese Song Dynasty Dragon Jar with Stand & Cover
This stoneware jar was made during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 -1279). We have had a few similar "dragon" jars over the years but it is extremely rare to see such a jar with not only a cover, but a cut-out bowl in which it stands. We have known that such items existed as there is one illustrated in a Chinese museum book (see above for reference).
Such jars as this with an applied dragon around its shoulder are found in Sichuan province. We know also that such jars were used for the storage of grain as we previously had a similar jar that still contained the remains of grain !
The jar is heavily-potted and coated in a speckled iron brown glaze that varies in colour, being a paler brown on the jar itself but also with areas of darker brown to the bowl. Interestingly, stuck to the inner unglazed surface of the bowl are the remains of an iron object, heavily corroded, and to the outer wall of the bowl, embedded within the glaze, is part of another bowl, showing that such bowls were stacked on top of each other in the kiln when fired.
Height 22.5 cm (8.75 inches). The jar, cover and bowl are all in fine condition with no repair or restoration.
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