A Chinese Martaban Jar dating to the 19th Century or earlier. The Jar is of globular shape, with a high sloping neck and wide shoulders: the small mouth has an reverted rolled lip covered by a smooth black brown glaze. On the shoulder are two pairs of horizontal loop-handles. The basal part is coated with a chocolate slip and the concave base has a buff body with glaze smears. The inside of mouth and neck is glazed (see this identical description in the book "Tempayan.Martavans" items 14 and 14a.) The Jar is constructed in one piece, the Jar interior has not been glazed, the bottom is yellowish clay spotted with black, the base shows a considerable amount of wear, there are many small scratches on surface of jar, and there are many small "oil spots" in the glaze. The Jar Measures 18" tall x 16 1/2" in diameter. Condition: The condition is excellent. The jar has a pleasant ring when struck. There are several surface imperfection in the glaze. The finger marks of the potter are visible around the base. Shipping details need to be worked out.