Ming Dynasty Xuanzhou Ware Brown Glazed Jar “Hanbei”


A bottle fired in Anhui Province, China. It was popular as a people’s liquor bottle during the Song dynasty when the liquor tax system was introduced but was adopted as a military water bottle because of its portability. Also, it is called “Hanbei” in Chinese which comes from the Song dynasty general Han Shih-Chung.

Manufactured from the Northern Song dynasty to the early Qing dynasty, Han bottles were produced in various areas in Anhui Province, including Cixi and Xuanzhou District, as well as in Zhejiang Province and Jiangsu Province. In Japan, it was mistakenly believed to have come from Vietnam and was prized as a flower vase, being called “Nanban-Chimaki”.

As it is a shipwreck piece, there are some shells attached to it, but no notable defects.

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