Chinese monochrome olive glazed pottery jar of ovoid form with three double-loop handles at the shoulder, above an incised line beneath the upright rim, covered in a bright olive glaze continuing on the interior, falling short of the buff stoneware body and the slightly splayed foot.

5 3⁄4 inches, 14.6 cm high.

Northern Qi – Sui Dynasty, Henan or Hebei Province, 6th century.


Overall excellent condition.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a private Japanese collection.
  • Included in the exhibition of Chugoku Bijutsu Ten Series: Zui To no Bijutsu, The Art of the Sui and T’ang Dynasties, volume 3, Osaka Art Museum, Japan, 1976, no. 1:3, p. 6.
  • Purchased in Osaka in 1987.
  • A similar jar and cover is included by E. T. Chow and F. S. Drake in Sui-T’ang: A Study of Sui and Early Tang Porcellanous Stoneware, Journal of Oriental Studies, University of Hong Kong, Vol. I, No. 2, July 1954, Fig. 1, plates IV & V; another was included by John Ayers, Margaret Medley and Nigel Wood in the exhibition of Iron in the Fire, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1988, no. 15, p. 15; another straw glazed stoneware jar of this form, dated to the Tang Dynasty, was included by Sotheby’s New York in their auction of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bernat, 7th November 1980, lot no. 52, where it mentions, ‘A similar vase in the Xian Museum, from a tomb dated A.D. 608, illustrated by Mayuyama, Chyugoku Bunbutsu Kenbun, pl. 87…’
  • A jar and cover with four double-loop handles, applied with medallions on the shoulder, is included by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Three (II), no. 1364, pp. 354/5.