C e l es ti a l N o n e s u ch. A beautiful and rare, five tube spout grain Zhejiang (longquan) jar. Presumably Antique Chinese, Northern Song Dynasty (11th century) or later. Please enlarge all images to show the detail of the potting and design to help you determine its age and origin. Please see the Catalogue Note from Sotheby's, New York, 17 March, 2015, Lot 65, Song Tradition: Early Ceramics from the Yang De Tang Collection 17 March 2015 This magnificent grain jar, of superlative quality and possessing its original cover is a very rare and early example of a short-lived tradition of vessels made by the Longquan kilns in Zhejiang province to secure eternal well-being of a family.Five-spouted jars were usually accompanied by dish-mouthed vases to hold grains and liquor. Although both these jars and vases were often placed in tombs, they were also given as gifts to the elderly in the hope that they would pray for their descendants while still alive and thus ensure the well-being of their family in the afterlife.
A five-spouted jar in the Museum Yamato Bunkakan, Nara, is incised with an inscription that states that it was presented to Granny He for longevity and happiness in life, and for blessing her descendants after death, see Chinese Ceramics from the Museum Yamato Bunkakan Collection, Illustrated Catalogue Series No. The primary decoration of lotus petals and a lotus bud on top suggest that this custom was firmly anchored in Buddhist beliefs. The five spouts may symbolize the proverbial five types of grain, as in the local dialect the term for the tubular spouts (guan) is homophonous to that for "grain".
A five-spouted jar in the Longquan Celadon Museum, illustrated in Zhu Boqian, ed. Celadons from Longquan Kilns , Taipei, 1998, pl. 56, bears an ink inscription inside the cover that names the vessel expressly a "granary for five types of grain", which "conforms to the Heaven above and the Earth below and will bless the descendants with long life, wealth and status".
Longquan in southwestern Zhejiang province was one of China's major ceramic centers and the predominant producer of celadon wares, comparable in global significance to Jingdezhen, China's'porcelain capital'. From the 11th to 16th centuries, Longquan supplied large quantities of ceramics to the domestic and global markets including the Chinese royal court. Grain jars like the present piece with tubular sockets on the shoulder, which typically do not connect to the inside, were primarily made in the 11th century and are unique to the kilns of Longquan. For more fantastic pieces come visit our store, where we'll be posting some incredible Chinese antiquities including Song, Ming and Tang dynasty porcelains and ceramics, art and Jade carvings.
A great object for study or display, this will make a nice addition to any student or appreciators collection of Chinese art and artifacts. Very good condition with some minor fleabites around edges, and on rim. Some type of extra porcelaneous material on the base and on the underside of the lid. Exhibits signs of age such as surface wear and weathering.
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Longquan Celadon 5 Tube Spout Grain Jar Late Northern Song Chinese" is in sale since Monday, March 1, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Vases". The seller is "celestial_nonesuch" and is located in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.