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Rare Yue Celadon-Glazed Vessel, Jin dynasty (265-420)

Rare Yue Celadon-Glazed Vessel, Jin dynasty (265-420)

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A Yue celadon vessel from the Jin Dynasty period, notable for its characteristic greenish-glazed pottery which was prominent during this time. The vessel features a globular body with a single looped handle that arches gracefully from the shoulder to just above the rim, allowing for easy handling or hanging.

The surface of the vessel is coated with a early robust celadon glaze that has aged and craquelure, indicative of the passage of time and the historical legacy of the piece. Also, this net of fine cracks on the glaze is often appreciated for its aesthetic qualities.

Period : Jin Dynasty (266 - 420 AD)
Type : Vessel
Medium : Yue celadon(Stoneware)
Height : 15cm
Provenance : The piece was acquired in Hong Kong in the year 1999.

Condition : Good
Reference :

1) Ashmolean Museum - Accession no.EA1956.332
2) Ashmolean Museum - Accession no.EA1956.211

* Yue Celadon

Yue celadon, also known as Yue ware, is a type of Chinese pottery with a celadon glaze, originating from the eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD) in the Zhejiang province. The name 'Yue' comes from the Yue kilns which were among the earliest to develop the celadon technique. Yue ware is known for its jade-like glaze, which can range in color from bluish-green to olive green.

Yue celadon was highly regarded during its time and was the first Chinese ware to be imported in large quantities to the Middle East and Africa, significantly influencing the development of ceramics in those regions. The production of Yue ware continued to evolve, and during the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD), it became more refined with more complex shapes and decorations. By the time of the Song dynasty (960-1279 AD), it had greatly influenced other kiln traditions, leading to the development of the classic longquan celadon, which became one of China’s most famous ceramic products.

Yue celadon traditionally embodies elements of auspiciousness and good fortune in Chinese culture. The jade-like celadon glaze is often associated with longevity and health. Various motifs and shapes inscribed on the pottery frequently symbolize luck and prosperity. For example, lotus patterns may represent purity and immortality, while animal figures like the lion symbolizes power, courage, and strength. Lions are considered protectors that ward off evil spirits and bring forth good luck. Furthermore, Yue celadon wares were commonly used as tomb offerings in ancient China, believed to bring fortune and well-being to the deceased in the afterlife.

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