The Wan Nian jar type, also known as Wannian ‘myriad year’, features a plain storage jar without lugs or decorative additions, favoured as a burial type. The Tang Dynasty pottery production is distinguished for its finely modelled and brightly coloured tomb figurines. However, Tang Dynasty artisans excelled in the production of functional, single coloured ceramic vessels used in in everyday life and for export. The jars produced in white-ware attributed to the Xing kilns, one of the most famous kilns complexes in operation during the Tang period, stand at the head of the Tang series of jars.
Chinese Tang Wan Nian Jar
An elegantly modelled terracotta Chinese Wan Nian ash-glazed jar, dating from the Tang Dynasty period. This cream-coloured vessel features a piriform-shaped body, high shoulders narrowing to a short neck and a mouth with an everted lip and a slightly splayed base. The jar displays a light cream colouring with a fine darker cream glaze covering the top third of the vessel.
Period: Tang Dynasty
Provenance: Ex North London collection, 1990s.
Condition: Fine condition, part of the original glazing has chipped off on one side, signs of ageing to the surface.