Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Covered Jar
This unusual blue & white porcelain jar was made during the Wanli reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. The jar and cover are attractively decorated with floral and scale patterns. Both inner and outer surfaces are coated in a finely-crackled glaze.
Height 7.25 cm. This jar has no repair or restoration although there are several small chips around the edge. It seems very likely these chips were made intentionally: it was believed that small jars and boxes such as this had healing properties and quite often the rims and/or edges have had small pieces carefully broken off which were then ground down and added to food as medicine.
This item is part of a recently acquired old English collection comprising mostly Ming Dynasty blue & white porcelain but also including a few earlier celadons and some South-East Asian ceramics.
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