Globular Jar



Period China, Tang dynasty, 8th century
Materials and techniques Earthenware with three-colour glaze
Size L.21.8 MD.12.1 D.21.9 BD.11.6


In long ago China, the people produced various mingqi for the deceased following the tradition of elaborate burial practices. This jar is a type of mingqi which was used to store grains in prayer that the soul would live on eternally. It has the globular body and the broad shoulder characteristic of wannian jars, and is coated with a white slip and painted in colored glazes with small plum blossoms arranged in narrow vertical bands. For a three-color glaze Tang pottery, the motifs are rendered delicately and in unusually pale soft-hued colors.