Green glazed jar and cover

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Tang Dynasty, 618 - 907 AD
Glazed earthenware
30 cm
23 cm

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This jar has a finely crackled translucent glaze of pale greenish tinge, that stops at three quarts of the ovoid body. The bottom half of the jar is unglazed, revealing the buff body. The jar has rounded shoulders with four double-stranded lug handles joining the short and straight neck. A fine line is surrounding the jar at the height of the handles. The jar is supported on a solid splayed foot. The glazed, slightly domed cover of the jar is surmounted by a bud-form finial, and the green glaze forms a border on the edge of the cover.

Similar jars of this size include one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Porcelain of the Jin and Tang Dynasties. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 153; one formerly in the collection of Mrs. Walter Sedgwick, included in the exhibition The Arts of the T'ang Dynasty, Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1955, cat. no. 177; one with a cover, in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, illustrated in Yutaka Mino, Pre-Sung Dynasty Chinese Stonewares, Toronto, 1974, pl. 31.


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