Chinese Tang Dynasty Ash Glazed Wan Nian Jar


An elegantly modelled Ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty ash-glazed terracotta Wan Nian jar, featuring high shoulders that narrow to a short, cylindrical neck and a mouth with a slightly everted lip. The jar sits on a wide cylindrical base. The jar displays a noticeably lovely cream-coloured glaze extending from the top to mid-way down the body. Further enrichments include four applied lug handles, resting on the shoulder of the ovoid body.

Date: Circa 618-907 AD
Period: Tang Dynasty
Condition: Extremely fine, traces of wear and black earthly encrustations to the surface.


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The Wan Nian jar type denotes a plain storage jar, usually without lugs or decorative additions. Sometimes referred to as Wannian, 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 in everyday life and for export.

Weight 2100 g
Dimensions W 19.1 x H 27.2 cm


Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For similar: Bonhams, San Francisco, October 2017, lot 5070.

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