Rare Japanese Early Arita Enamelled Porcelain Covered Jar - 17th Century
Japanese porcelain production did not start until into the 17th century and early examples are particularly rare and difficult to find. Many examples of this period were influenced by the designs of Chinese Ming Dynasty & Transitional porcelain of the same period.
This covered jar dates to the mid to late 1600s and is of an attractive form. Originally decorated in scrolling floral patterns with green and red enamels, the decoration has largely been lost through extended burial: this jar was excavated from present-day Cambodia where some very rare and interesting examples of early Arita porcelain have been discovered. However, enough of the original decoration remains on the cover to see how elaborate the pattern was. Red enamel is "softer" than green so does not stand the test of time so well. The green enamel was clearly used more sparingly with spots of green interspersed here and there. Where the red enamel has been lost, however, a "ghost" pattern has been left on the surface of the porcelain.
Diameter 13 cm, height 10.75 cm. There is no repair or restoration. To the lower outer surface, the glaze is finely crackled. However, there are also larger and more heavily-stained glaze crackles, especially to the inner surface. Some of the "crackles" do penetrate the body.
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