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$ 3,798

Large Antique Burmese Ceramic Jar from Martaban

Origin Myanmar (Burma)
Period Pre 18th Century
Materials ceramic
H. 16.8 in; Diam. 16 in;
H. 42.67 cm; Diam. 40.64 cm;
Condition Good. Fine antique condition, expected surface wear and patina in a ceramic piece of such age. Free of damages.
Creation Date 15-16th century
Description A large ceramic storage jar with dark brown black glaze from Martaban Area of Burma (nowadays Myanmar) circa 15-16th century. Martaban jar is a generic term for large heavy stoneware jars that were shipped out of the port of Martaban. It doesn't identify the origin where these jars were made as many jars exported from the port were made in China, Thailand and Vietnam instead of from local kilns, which could be distinguished by the different materials and styling. During the Ming dynasty, this busy port was under the jurisdiction of Thailand. These jars were documented from 14th century and the export lasted until Martaban ceased to be an important international port after the Burmese attack in 1613.
The current jar on offer is identified as a true Burmese jar from local kiln. A classic form made from a reddish brown paste in contrast to the grayish of the Thai counterpart. The black lead glaze exhibited beautiful oxidated patina and wear that only comes with age. The distinctive Burmese characteristic is also evident in surface ornamentation including the horizontally positioned lugs on the shoulder and applied lines or dots in relief. The interior of the jar was also thinly glazed in order to be impermeable for liquid dictated by its function.
A beautiful example of the Martaban jar locally made that was cherished by ancient people across the globe.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 320446
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