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Jar with Double Handles

The most distinctive feature of Jun wares, which are popular ceramics produced at several kilns in Henan Province, is the rich, translucent glaze that runs down the vessel to form thick drops along the foot. A combination of microscopic bubbles and crystallized minerals forms during the long firing process and gives the glaze its pale-blue color and, in the best examples, a remarkable depth. The mottled areas of purple are produced by splashing a copper stain over the glaze before firing.

Catalogue Description:
Lipped mouth; straight neck; drum-like belly; circular foot. Double handles on section between neck and shoulders. Moon white glaze with red spotted bean-brown decoration. Interior and exterior of vessel are covered with moon-white glaze. Circular foot is unglazed. Front and back of the belly section has spotted copper-red glaze. Many air bubble holes on glaze surface. Condensation of glaze on foot. Glaze is composed of 2 liquids, containing SiO2, phosphorus, iron, calcium, sodium, etc. Daily used ware. Condition: Basically intact. Chips on circular foot. Peeling glaze at rim is repaired. A hair-line crack on mouth. Accession card: Spherical wide-mouthed jar of buff-colored stoneware with slightly everted footring and subtly inward-sloping low neck having a rolled rim. Small arched handle connecting neck and shoulder on either side; each handle has a lengthwise groove and a small applied clay decorative button at each end. Covered except for footring with an extremely thick light-blue glaze that runs onto the upper portion of the footring in a thick welt. There is a mottled, irregular circle of underglaze copper red on the obverse and reverse faces of the jar. Condition: 1" chip and 1/2" chip out of footring. Two 1" restorations to glaze welt at foot. 1" lengthwise crack in lip with small chips along the crack. 1" restoration to outer edge of lip. 2" vertical crack in neck and body below the lip crack.

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