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19346B

Antique Large Glazed Storage Jar
Item No. 19346B

Late 19th Century, N/A, China
Earthenware
26.5" x 0" x 0"
( 67.31 x 0 x 0 cm)
(H x W x D)

This massive and heavy storage jar was probably used to store wine, cooking oil or another liquid staples used in Chinese kitchens. The jar was potted on a wheel in two halves and then luted together. As seen in the bottom, the clay is very course, with small rough inclusions of rock particles. This would make the pot very porous, and thus it was glazed both inside and outside to assure there was no leakage. The bottom half is decorated with concentric depressed rings formed by the potter applying pressure with his fingers to the outside of the wet clay wall. Although some of these depressions can be seen in the upper part of the jar and the neck, a series of thick glazes were applied to the jar which have filled in the depressions to make it seem as though they never existed. The first glaze applied was dark brown over which were applied at the top of the jar a yellow glaze which dripped down the sides forming tentacle like streams of various colors and lengths depending on the effects of the firing process. The brown glaze has also pooled at the bottom of the jar to form an uneven surface. The colors now include various shades of brown, blue, green, beige and yellow as well as areas which seem almost black.

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