Yue stoneware jar with two simple lugs on each side of shoulder, and two sprig-moulded seated Buddha figures in between, applied over rouletted diaper band. The jar has a fine grey body covered on the interior and over two thirds of the exterior with thin olive green glaze.
- Made in: Shanglinhu
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Shanglinhu)
- Height: 126 millimetres
- Diameter: 172 millimetres
Published PDF date : Western Jin dynasty 3rd-early 4th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Jar with two seated Buddha figures
This jar carries a very early Chinese representation of the Buddha on either side of the jar. Buddhism was introduced to China from India and by the first century AD was rapidly gaining popularity among the Chinese people who readily adapted the teachings of Buddha to sit alongside their own indigenous religions and philosophies. Stonewares made in this region of northern Zhejiang province are characterised by a dark clay body and thin yellowish-green glaze. Potters achieved this glaze colour by using a mixture of wood ash and clay. They then fired these wares in ‘dragon kilns’ which were built following the natural undulating curves of the hillsides.
Stoneware with incised and applied decoration and pale olive-green glaze
Yue ware 越窯
Shanglinhu kilns, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 上林湖窯
Western Jin dynasty, AD 265–316
Yue stoneware jar with two simple lugs on each side of shoulder, and two sprig-moulded seated Buddha figures in between, applied over rouletted diaper band. Fine grey body covered inside and over two thirds of outside with thin olive green glaze.
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