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Especially during the ninth to eleventh centuries, Chinese connoisseurs prized high-fired green-glazed ceramics and compared their exquisite gray-green glazes to precious jade. Green-glazed ware, know generally as Yue ware but often called "celadon" in the West, was manufactured both for daily use and for burial. The Small Jar was most likely produced as a burial good, and excavations have revealed comparable early examples in tombs from the fourth century to the seventh. The Small Jar is very close to one excavated from the tomb of an eight-year-old girl who died in 608.

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