The Wan Nian jar type denotes a plain storage jar, without lugs or decorative additions. Sometimes referred to as Wannian, the term literally translates as ‘myriad year’, as the jars were used in burial practices, and thus signifies many years of life. Tang Dynasty pottery production is renowned for its finely modelled and brightly coloured tomb figurines. However, Tang Dynasty artisans also excelled in the production of functional, single coloured ceramics used in in everyday life and for export. The jars produced in whiteware, attributed to the Xing kilns, such as this piece, stand at the head of the Tang series of jars. The Xing kiln was one of the most famous kilns during the Tang period, known mostly for its production of white porcelain.
Tang Dynasty Wan Nian Jar
An elegantly modelled Ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty cream-coloured Wan Nian whiteware jar with high shoulders that narrow to a short, waisted neck and a mouth with an everted lip, and a slightly splayed base. The jar has a noticeably lovely cream-coloured glaze extending from the top to mid-way down the body. Its shape and glaze are typical of this period.