Covered ceramic jar with brilliantly colored Thai-inspired overglaze enamel painting in floral patterns. The lid mimics the spires of Thai Buddhist architecture, rising from the gentle curve of the lower portion of the lid and alternating between solid bands of green, and multicolored floral patterns. The green covers what would be the underside of each of the colorful three tiers of "roof" segments, culminating in what appears to be a red and gold lotus bud at the top of the lid.
Bencharong ware ceramic jar for food offering, flowers, or incense. Made in China for the export market with a lid that that mimics the spires of Thai Buddhist architecture. These Thai shapes and patterns were produced by Chinese artisans using model books supplied by the Thai.
Covered ceramic jar with brilliantly colored overglaze enamel painting in repreating floral patterns. A small base curves into a deep, wide bowl with a flaring mouth, in which the lid rests. The lid can be turned upside down to provide a shallow bowl, the base of which (or topmost portion of the lid) is encircled by gold and green bands.
Bencharong ware ceramic jars for food offering, flowers, or incense. Made in China for the export market.
Green-glazed ewer with spout in the shape of a chicken's head and handle in the form of a dragon's head and neck
Chinese connoisseurs prized high-fired green-glazed ceramics and compared their exquisite gray-green glazes to precious jade. Green-glazed ware, know generally as Yueh ware but often called "celadon" in the West, was manufactured both for daily use and for burial. In the Eastern Jin period (317-420) the repertory of vessel shapes was greatly diversified, the chicken-headed ewer being one of the most notable of the new types. The complex shape and thick glossy celadon glaze of the ewer are evidence of the growing skill and technical advances during this time.