Zhangzhou ware jar

  • Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear, colorless glaze
  • 3.8 x 5.4 cm
  • Zhangzhou ware
  • late 16th-early 17th century, Ming dynasty
  • Origin: Zhangzhou kilns, Fujian province, China
  • Provenance: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
  • F1986.37


Small jar, with short slightly tapering neck, globular body and unglazed slightly concave base.
Clay: porcelain.
Glaze: translucent and grayish; large random crackle; spills on to foot.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt: single line around neck; overlapping petals around shoulder; double line; two shaped panels, each framing a single blossom with foliage, against a ground of "fish-scale" scallops; single line above base.
Mark: none.

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