Stoneware storage jar
Zhejiang province, south-eastern
Eastern Zhou dynasty (771-221 BC)
This large, globular storage jar is a good example of the high-fired ceramics made in the Eastern Zhou period. It is evenly potted and lighter than one would expect for such a large jar. It has a flat mouth rim, about one inch wide, and does not appear to have had a lid. The upper part of the jar is splashed with an olive-green glaze.
The most interesting feature is the impressed pattern, which covers most of the jar's surface. The design is in rows of rectangles with cross-hatching, each with a rectangular handle. The rectangles look just like small suitcases.
S.J. Vainker, Chinese pottery and porcelain, (London, The British Museum Press, 1991)
Diameter: 19.400 cm (at mouth)
Asia OA 1991.2-28.1