Monochrome glazes, fired at low-temperatures and rendering attractive turquoise and off-white colours, have been known since the Eastern-Han Dynasty (25-220 AD). Elegant monochrome glazes, such as green, turquoise and off-white, were mostly favoured when applied to small, delicate porcelain shapes within traditional Chinese ceramic art. The Wan Nian jar type denotes a plain storage jar, usually without lugs or decorative additions. Sometimes referred to as Wan Nian, the term literally translates as ‘myriad year’, as the jars were used in burial practices, and thus signifies many years of life. Tang Dynasty pottery production is renowned for its finely modelled and brightly coloured tomb figurines. However, Tang Dynasty artisans also excelled in the production of functional, single coloured ceramics used in everyday life and for export.
Chinese Green-Glazed Tang Ceramic Wan-Nian Storage Jar
A finely moulded Chinese Tang green-glazed ceramic Wan-Nian storage jar. The vessel features a slender, piriform body rising from a rounded base and gradually expanding into an upper globular body. It has a short neck with sloping walls and a widened mouth with an everted rim. A dark-green glaze is evenly applied from the middle of the piriform body to the mouth, leaving the lower part unglazed.
Period: Tang Dynasty
Provenance: From a Hong Kong collection formed 1980-1990s; brought to London, UK, by K.C. in the 1990s.
Condition: Fine condition, with minor chips to the rim, the original glaze has largely survived on the surface.