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Lid: 2.8 x 14.1 cm (1 1/8 x 5 9/16 in.); vessel only: 21.8 x 24.3 cm (8 9/16 x 9 9/16 in.)
Weight: 3.38 kg (7.45 lbs.)
Gift of Donna and James Reid 2017.16
This jar still has its original cover, which is rare among surviving examples. Its missing knob most likely had the shape of a lotus bud. Beautifully carved lotus petals cover the vessel’s shoulder and lid under a translucent green glaze. In Buddhism, the lotus is a flower symbolizing purity and detachment from worldly affairs; its presence suggests that this vessel was meant to be used in a religious context. The well-crafted double loop handles may have held a silk cloth or other textile that would have been folded over the lid to keep it in place. This aesthetic prefigures the celebrated green celadons in adjacent regions.
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