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North China, China

Jar with cover
Place of origin
North ChinaChina
Sui dynasty 581 - 618 → China
Media category
Materials used
stoneware with olive green glaze

19.5 x 15.0 cm:

a - jar; 18 x 15 cm

b - cover; 2.3 x 8.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1993
Accession number
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

This jar is an example of the early high fired green glazed earthenwares produced in the North of China from the 6th century. Such pieces were forerunners of the great Northern and Southern traditions of celadons. Technically they mark the start of an important tradition of Chinese ceramics. While the jar is a classic shape with its ridged waist and the glaze only covering the top half of the body, it is rare to find a piece with its original lid.


M. Tregear, 'Catalogue of Chinese greenware in the Ashmolean Museum', Oxford,1976.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, November 1993.

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 102 (colour illus.).

M Tregear, Catalogue of Chinese Greenware in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1976.

Exhibition history (2)

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015