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Chinese Buddhist offering pot, at least 900 years old
From an old New England collection, a very nice example of a Chinese Yuan Buddhist pot used for holding vessels for prayer scripts, food, and other kinds of offerings.
China, 900 Year Old Offering Vessel Yuan dynasty (1279-1368 CE), 8.5"x6.5"
Yunnan lies at the crossroads of many significant South East Asian cultures being bordered by Tibet, India, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, and Vietnam. No wonder than that this important discovery and hoard had piqued the interest of International Buddhist and art communities around the globe. These precious vessels in the form of stupas (a receptacle of offerings) were found to have once contained Buddhist "offerings"...remnants of burnt rice, cowrie shells (early Chinese money), fabric, and metal objects. Carbon dating of the organic matter left inside some of the pots, tell us that they date from the late Tang Dynasty (618-907 BP) to late Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 BP). Also referred to as "FengShui" jars by some Chinese officials, each pottery jar is unique decorated with Buddhist design elements like lotus petals, zodiac symbols, celestial beings, and curvilinear patterns similar to cloud designs. Formed by hand, techniques such as carving, incising, applique and painting were all utiized methods for their manufacture almost one thousand years ago. Some are incised with Chinese and a Sanskirt (Devanagari) form of script. Offering vessels were created in an array of sizes, 8"-10" height being the most common size but occasionally some extraordinary larger sizes were created as well upwards to 36".
and overlaps with the Chinese Bronze Age. Xindian pottery is rarer than some of the earlier Chinese Neolithic cultures.
This nice example is quite "heavily-potted" and has been simply decorated with various organic flora patterns near bottom.
This is a good size jar with a height of 10 inches and a width of 6 ionches. In tact, no repairs, top is missing finial, some surface chips and in general an excellent example...with good surface
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