7.0 x 6.5cm
This small jar is modelled in the cuboid form with the shoulder rising to a square mouth. Each of the four vertical faces is decorated with applied beading and on the shoulder with modelled lugs in the form of 'chi' dragons. Over a porcelain body, the jar is covered with a 'qingbai' bluish-tone glaze. The flat base remains unglazed.
The advent of the Yuan dynasty saw no marked disruption to the Southern Song tradition but did witness the introduction of new decorative techniques, both applied and painted. Moulded and modelled appliqué were used, with beading and studding as the two principal techniques. The elaboration of handle loops into serpentine 'chi' dragons was a particularly distinctive achievement of the Yuan potters, adding an exuberance and fanciful dimension to the otherwise restrained Song ceramic forms.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 1999.
John Guy (Australia; United Kingdom, b.1949) (Author), Oriental trade ceramics in southeast Asia, 10th to 16th century: selected from Australian collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Bodor Collection, Melbourne, 1980, 41 (illus.). plate no. 32
'Export Ceramics', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 134 (colour illus.).
John Guy (Australia; United Kingdom, b.1949) (Author), Oriental trade ceramics in South-East Asia: Ninth to sixteenth centuries, Singapore, 1986, 88, 89 (illus.). no. 39
Oriental Trade Ceramics in Southeast Asia 10th to 16th Century, National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], 06 Jun 1980–20 Jul 1980.
Oriental Trade Ceramics in Southeast Asia 10th to 16th Century, Art Gallery of South Australia, 01 Aug 1980–31 Aug 1980.
Oriental Trade Ceramics in Southeast Asia 10th to 16th Century, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 04 Oct 1980–09 Nov 1980.