Fine Chinese Yuan / Ming Dynasty Porcelain "Bullet" Jar
Heavily-potted storage jars such as this are often referred to as "bullet" jars. They were made at a number of kilns in Guangdong province and have been found throughout Southeast Asia. They can be quite difficult to accurately date as they were made from before, and throughout the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368 - 1644) and some were also found in the cargo of the "Vung Tao" shipwreck that was dated to c. 1690. They have also variously been dated to as early as the Southern Song dynasty (AD 1127 - 1279).
This is a particularly fine example; it is of a good size (height 15.5 cm / 6 inches) and is coated in a crackled pale green Qingbai type of glaze. Most known examples are much smaller than this and tend to be coated in a grey glaze.
Looking inside shows it has been made in two parts, upper and lower, that have been luted together at the waist. The pottery is very thick for a jar of this size which weighs in at 1.05 kg (2.3 lbs). As is often the nature of jars this "heavily-potted", the crackles of the glaze do in place penetrate the body. The concave base remains unglazed.
It is in fine condition with no restoration or repair.
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