This is a Yuan Dynasty (1227 – 1367) cizhou style vase painted in iron brown colour. There are two layer of glazing on this cizhou vase. The dark olive colour glaze can be seen at the rim of the mouth and about half an inches from the splayed foot base. It is first glazed with a dark olive green glazing and then a white layer of glaze is applied, and then the cizhou painting on it. The painting is stylized into sections. The top is painted with some form of plants (grass) followed by the lotus in scroll foliage below. Below this is a pair of fish with the water plants in between the. The body of the fish is incised to give it the scaly body look. Below the pair of fish is painted again with the lotus scroll foliage. The hall mark of this vase is the clear finger prints left by the potter as seen in picture 2. The base shows that the cizhou vase is make of red earthenware.
There are minor abrasion and firing faults. No chip, crack, repair or restoration. The cizhou vase is in very good condition.
The measurement of the cizhou vase: the height is 24.3cm and the width of the body is 14.9cm.