Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Glazed Stoneware Dragon Jar
This ovoid-shaped stoneware jar was made around the 15th - 16th century at one of the kilns in South China where such "Martaban" jars were produced for the carriage and storage of trade goods around South-east Asia. It is particularly elaborately decorated with two large incised dragons surrounding the main body of the jar. Below the dragons are bands of horizontal and wavy lines. Around the shoulder are five moulded handles in the form of human heads together with two bands of small round appliqués. The jar has a rolled rim and is coated in a finely-crackled golden-brown glaze, the colour of which varies in places. The interior and the concave base remain unglazed. In places on the glaze are kiln scars.
This is a substantial and impressive jar with a height of 39 cm (15.25 inches). It is in fine condition with no restoration or repair.
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