Yuan offering jar with glaze
Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)
H. 35 cm or 13 ¾ in
This charming jar, covered with a shining green glaze, dates from the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). Originating from the Yunnan region, in the South West of China, this ceramic and its elegant lid show an interesting decoration composed of various motifs. Indeed, vegetal elements, such as palmettes, appear in relief on its body as well as on its lid. Medallions containing the vajra, a very important instrument in Buddhist symbolism, also decorate this piece. Probably used to hold ritual offerings, this jar would have come from a Buddhist shrine or else from a tomb to accompany the deceased as funerary furniture.
This jar is in very good condition. The glaze covers the whole vase except for a part of the foot, and has kept all its shine. A few small chips, revealing the original color of the vase, are visible on the body.