Large Chinese Sung Dynasty Stoneware Jar, 11th Century

A Large 11th Century Chinese Martaban Stoneware Jar, Sung Dynasty (960-1279), of ovoid form with a wide almost flat shoulder with three applied lug handles below a short neck and lipped rim. Covered by a lustrous dark brown glaze over a greenish slip pooling unevenly well above the flat base showing the dense red stoneware.

Size: Height 55 cm, Diameter 44 cm

Condition: a chip of circa 3 cm at the neck otherwise very good

Provenance: an old museum inventory number reading ” ORI WA/1412/A inscribed on the base, Sothebys sale Dec 2002, Brighton private collection

Literature: an almost identical jar illustrated in : William Sorsby, 1974, South East Asian and Early Chinese Export Porcelain”, Page 49, Nr 74

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