Chinese Southern Song (12th C) Dk Brown Glaze Wide Mouth Twin Handle Jar

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Seller: tjantiquties (1,278) 100%, Location: Tucson, Arizona, Ships to: US, Item: 223209928904 Chinese Southern Song (12th Century) Dark Brown Glaze Wide Mouth High Neck Twin Handled Jar Classic nearly black (very dark brown) glaze barrel bodied, high neck, wide mouth jar with twin handles on two sides. The body is made of a higher fired tan/brown stoneware and wheel thrown. The body flares slightly out reaching a maximum diameter at the shoulder where the bottoms of the handles attach. The shoulder slopes inward and then rises vertically with a long neck to the rim. Twin handles are on two sides attaching at the top to the rim. This jar has a wonderful thick iridescent black (very dark brown) glaze partly created by using a brown under glaze and classic in the middle Song Dynasty. Additional iridescence is created by the oxidized glaze surface. The glaze has a wonderful “orange peel” surface often seen on Song period vessels. The base has a wide foot typically seen in the Song Dynasty. This is a very well potted and expertly glazed example. Would have been used for storing pickled food or thick liquids such as sorghum. For reference to an almost identical glaze type see Robert Mowry’s 1997 Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers. Nigel Wood in his book Chinese Glazes, University of Pennsylvania Press, has an excellent discussion of these wares. Vessels with the twin handles are more difficult to find and would have been used to run a rope through and then hung from the ceiling. The vessel is in excellent condition for being nearly a thousand years old with no cracks or hairlines. There is some minor chipping around the rim. The vessel does show evidence of use with wear around the rim, on the foot and under the handles where the rope hung. Under 40X magnification the glaze surface is covered in tiny use wear scratches concentrating around the finish, rim and widest part of the body. There is also wear around the neck and handles where ropes were used to suspend the vessel. The piece exhibits lots of evidence of having seen long term burial with manganese and other crystallization all over the piece but particularly in the unglazed areas. The glaze has also nicely oxidized. The piece is notable for its vessel form, large size, quality of potting and glazing and for its almost black glaze. Provenience: An Old Delaware Estate Dimensions: Height 7 5/16 inches (18.7 cm), Widest Diameter (at shoulder) 6 3/8 inches (16.5 cm), Rim Diameter 5 3/8 inches (13.6 cm), Foot Diameter 5 inches (12.5 cm). If you have any questions or require additional information please call me at 520-429-0177. Note: For International sales, buyer is responsible for all mailing and import duty costs. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

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