A pair of Chinese Qingbai auspicious vases and covers 12th/ 13th century
Lot 25*
A large pair of celadon glazed funerary jars Song Dynasty
£10,000 - 15,000
US$ 17,000 - 25,000
Lot Details
A large pair of celadon glazed funerary jars
Song Dynasty
each slender pear-shaped vase applied with a border of twelve standing figures and one reclining figure, with a striding dragon applied in relief around the neck, with further figures and mythical animals, surmounted by a tall domed voer surmounted by a crane or egret finial, the tallest 93.5cm high (2)


  • Provenance:
    S Marchant and Son, London

    Jars of this form were placed in pairs in tombs and contained offerings to the dead. The jar is replete with ancient traditional Chinese symbolism; the bird finial represents the Vermilion Bird of the South and the applied dragon at the neck represents the Green Dragon of the East. The mythical figures could be identified as a sun god and star gods, together with cranes, the symbols of longevity. Compare a very similar funerary jar illustrated in S.Pierson, Qingbai ware: Chinese Porcelain of the Song and Yuan Dynasties, 2002, p180, no.97.
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