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Title

Globular jar decorated with relief 'head and hand' motif


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The round face on one side of the jar, and the human hand on the other are unusual design features. Scholar Barbara Harrisson has identified the hand as the armorial insignia of the city of Antwerp, which would have appeared on the city's coins from the 1600s on. The full face may also be a variation on the profiles found on coins. This curious pattern is one of numerous designs on Bornean heirloom jars that recall the close links between South China and West Borneo formed during the 1700s.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.144.


Details


Other Title

Heirloom jar


Place where the work was made

Guangdong China


Date

late 18th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

stoneware with brown glaze


Dimensions

47.0 x 45.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr F. Storch 1992


Location

Not on display


Accession number

195.1992



Place

Where the work was made
Guangdong

Referenced in 2 publications

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