Celadon Zun with Lotus Pattern

Celadon Zun with Lotus Pattern

Produced in the Northern Dynasties (386-534), this celadon jar, 66.5 cm high, was excavated from the Feng tomb in Jingxian County, Hebei Province, in 1948. The Fengs were a distinguished family for generations, so the burial objects were luxurious. The main pattern on the jar is a lotus-petal design, with half the petals facing down, and the other half facing up. This was a time when Buddhism flourished in China, and the lotus flower, as a symbol of Buddhism, was a widely used motif.