Very Rare Chinese Song Dynasty Dragon Jar with Stand & Cover
This stoneware jar was made during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 -1279) or possibly the Yuan Dynasty (1279 - 1368). 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, cover and bowl are all heavily-potted. The jar has a wide lower body that tapers upwards upwards a narrower top. In addition to the decorative grooves surrounding the body, a dragon and "spurs" have been applied to the surface. The outer surface, and inner mouth, have been coated in a dark iron brown glaze, the colour of which varies according to its thickness. The "cut-outs" of the bowl are quite irregular and in places have not been completely removed. In places, particularly to part of the outer surface of the bowl, are "calcified" deposits from long burial.
Height 26.75 cm (10.5 inches). There are insignificant minor losses to the pointed ends of some of the appliqués on the jar. To the bowl is the finest of hairlines where there is a firing fault, this being extremely difficult to see; overall fine condition with no repair or restoration.
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