Rare Large Chinese Yuan Dynasty Underglazed Zodiac Jar
This large and extremely rare stoneware jar of very attractive form was made during the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368) or possibly the early part of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), most likely at one of the kilns in Yuxi, Yunnan province. It is "heavily-potted" and has been decorated in an underglazed pattern of twelve panels each featuring one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. It is coated in a clear and finely-crackled pale greenish glaze. Much of the inner surface is also coated in the same glaze. Although not immediately apparent due to the decoration and glaze, surrounding the shoulder is a band of repeated impressed diagonal parallel lines.
This is a large jar with a height of 35.5 cm (14 inches). This jar is in exception condition with just a tiny amount of glaze having flaked from the rim edge and no sign of any repair or restoration.
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