Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Glazed & Incised Pottery Ewer - Kochi Ware
This rare pottery ewer was made in southern China during the 16th or early 17th century. This type of pottery with its green, and sometimes yellow and brown glazes, was very popular with the Japanese at the time, where it was known as Kochi ware and used in the Japanese tea ceremony.
This ewer is decorated with incised lotus blossom and leaf patterns. It is coated mostly in a thin and very finely-crackled green glaze that has acquired a silvery iridescence in places due to long exposure to moisture. Typically with such ware the yellow and brown glazes are thinner than the green and very little of the original glaze that once filled in the incised patterns now remains, it either having flaked off or degraded.
Height 13.5 cm (5.5 inches). Notwithstanding the degradation and loss of glaze, this ewer is in good condition with no repair or restoration.
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