Rare Chinese Song Dynasty Buddhist Lotus Leaf Jar
This rare pottery jar was made during the Dali Kingdom (AD 937 - 1253), corresponding to the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279), or possibly the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368) and has been been excavated from a Buddhist site in Yunnan province.
It is made from an orange-brown pottery. The outer wall has been decorated with applied strips of clay to form four lotus leaf panels separated by "pie-crust" strips. The edge of the mouth has also been decorated with a "pie-crust" pattern. In addition, the surface of both the jar and cover have been decorated with incised patterns. Much iron-rich Yunnan soil still adheres to the surface, together with many traces of ancient root/plant growths from its long burial.
A good size with a height of 30.5 cm (12 inches). There is a small ancient chip to the edge of the cover and surface wear in places, but no sign of restoration or repair; a very rare jar in fine condition.
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