Covered Sancai Jar


Tang Dynasty
Height: 23.5cm
Mouth diameter: 12.8cm
Foot diameter: 12.8cm

Slightly flared straight mouth, short neck, broad shoulders, gradually tapering off from shoulders down, flat bottom, and loop leg; the cover has a pointed knob and a folded edge. The cover and the mouth don't fit perfectly well, for the cover is slightly smaller than the mouth. The mouth is applied with yellow glaze, and the lower part of jar is left unglazed. Green glaze on the body serves as a background, against which there are diamond-shaped patterns formed by white dots and yellow bands. The cover also has a green-glazed background, setting off the four-petal patterns formed by white dots and yellow bands.

This covered sancai jar is a typical work of sancai ware of the Tang Dynasty. It is characterized by its shiny colors and decorative patterns modeled after those on wax-printed fabrics popular in the Tang Dynasty. What's special about the work is its intact shape.