Chinese Song / Jin Dynasty Black & Brown Glazed Stoneware Jar
This "heavily-potted" stoneware jar was made during the 11th - 13th century, during the Northern Song (AD 960 - 1127) or Jin Dynasty (AD 1115 - 1234) at one of the workshops in Henan province. The upper body and inner mouth are coated in a thick black glaze, the interior in a thinner brown glaze. The lower outer surface remains unglazed showing the cream-coloured stoneware body. To the inside centre are firing marks where a smaller vessel would have been placed inside this jar during firing. Around the shoulder are two small loop handles.
Height 12.75 cm (5 inches), diameter 14.75 cm (5.75 inches). There are minor chips to the foot edge, some possibly actual old damage, some caused during manufacture. Although not immediately obvious, there is a small surface chip to the edge of one of the handles, but there is no repair or restoration.
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