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12”H Chinese Liao White Ware Porcelain Lidded Jar Vase

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1492: Item # 1015002
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Tall Chinese Liao dynasty (947-1124) heavily potted porcelain lidded jar with a wide mouth, straight neck, and wide shoulders which taper to the foot. The vessel is decorated with three vertical rows of four applique roundels which separate the piece into three equal parts. These roundels are a distinctive feature of Liao wares. The pale white glaze with a faint blue-green tint extends into the interior but stops short of the foot rim. Several unglazed areas on the underside of the lid and base have oxidized burnt orange. Circa 11th century. 11 ¾” high (to top of finial) x about 5 1/2” wide. Very good overall condition. The lid does not fit snugly though it appears to be original to the piece. There are glaze losses to the lid, which are visible in the images, but the glaze on the body of the vessel is intact. This piece is from the private collection of expatriates to Hong Kong in the 1970s and 1980s. An illustration of a Liao white ware box decorated with similar applique roundels can be found on page 146 (plate 204) of "Chinese Ceramics: A New Comprehensive Survey" by He Li.