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Pair of Qingbai Funerary Vases with Daoist figures, Southern Song Dynasty

Pair of Qingbai Funerary Vases with Daoist figures, Southern Song Dynasty

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A pair of large Qingbai jars from the Song or Yuan Dynasty, designed for tomb offerings, featuring tall proportions with short bodies and extended necks. These Mingqi jars, typically created in pairs, are noted for their diverse decorations and quality levels, as extensively documented in historical records. The lids are adorned with bird finials symbolizing the Vermilion Bird of the South, and a coiled dragon represents the Green Dragon of the East. The collar around the jars is embellished with figures of gods, adding a sacred dimension to the artifacts.

Period : Southern Song Dynasty(12-14th century)
Type : Tomb Jar
Medium : Porcelain with transparent pale-blue (qingbai) glaze
Dimension : 43 cm(Height), 12cm(Diameter), 7cm(Mouth Diameter)
Condition : Good
Provenance : Acquired in late 1990s from Hongkong
Reference :
1) Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art - Accession Number F1904.321
https://asia.si.edu/explore-art-culture/collections/search/edanmdm:fsg_F1904.321/
2) Art Gallery of South Australia - Accession number 20131C71
https://www.agsa.sa.gov.au/collection-publications/collection/works/funerary-vase-with-daoist-figures/67084/

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