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An image of Globular jar decorated with relief 'head and hand' motif by
Alternate image of Globular jar decorated with relief 'head and hand' motif by

Guangdong, China

Title
Globular jar decorated with relief 'head and hand' motif
Other titles:
Heirloom jar
Place of origin
GuangdongChina
Year
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
Accession number
195.1992
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

John Guy, 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, 35 (illus.), 36. cat.no. 7

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 144 (colour illus.).