A Yue ‘Celadon’ Jar Western Jin Dynasty

Western Jin 265-317

A Yue Celadon Jar, Western Jin Dynasty, 3rd or 4th Century, from a kiln in Shanglinhu, near Cixi city, Zhejiang province. This heavily potted grey stoneware jar has a mottled pale olive green glaze, which is semi-matt glaze which allows light to pass through it. The moulded handles have clearly defined geometric decoration, similar to that found on Chinese metal work. The two lines of stamped decoration that line up with the handle terminals and incised lines are also reminiscent of metal work. The base is slightly concave and has partly fired red due to iron oxidation in the kiln. Jars like the present example are well represented in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, where an important early catalogue was produced by Mary Tregear (Catalogue of Green Ware in the Ashmolean Museum Oxford, see references).  A jar of this type from The Percival David Foundation is in the British Museum  https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/A_PDF-A-200 

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In excellent condition. An area where the glaze is somewhat dry and degraded (see photographs). There is a chip to the base, I think this was caused by it sticking to its support in the kiln.
Width c.20 cm (8 inches).
Bought by Nicholas Thompson from 'Little River', London, 24th of May 2002. Thompson collection number to the base 152.
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For Western Jin green wares of this type see : Catalogue of Green Ware in the Ashmolean Museum Oxford (Mary Tregear, Oxford at the Clarendon Press. 1976. ISBN 0-19-813167-4) for example page 25, item 25. For another jar of this type see : Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume One (Regina Krahl, Azimuth Editions 1994. ISBN 1-8985592-02-0) page 93 to 148.