Green-glazed funerary jar
China, Longquan kilns
Southern Song dynasty, 1200-1300
Museum no. C.28-1935
Purchased from the Eumorphopoulos Collection with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities' China Committee
The arrival of the Song court in southern China led to a rise in the quality of green-glazed ceramics produced at Longquan, 300 kilometres south-west of the new capital. The Longquan potters produced finely made wares with glazes of many shades and textures for export markets from Egypt to Japan, as well as for Song courtiers.
This jar was made to contain grain for burial in a tomb.