Qing Dynasty Yixing Ware Green Glazed Lidded Jar with Relief Design


A lidded jar fired in the Yixing kiln during the Qing Dynasty. The voluptuous body is adorned with chrysanthemum flowers designed in emboss, and an opaque copper-green glaze is applied except the base. This type of container was used by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a container for coconut oil that was supplied from Thailand to the Taiwanese aborigines (Lukai and Paiwan), and in Taiwan, it is said that those were produced in Thailand.

The Dutch East India Company profited by trading coconut oil for deerskins in Taiwan and then selling the deerskins in Nagasaki. After their primary use, these jars were meticulously preserved by the aborigines community and repurposed as valuable items such as betrothal gifts. This particular piece had been inherited by an old family in Nagasaki. Its journey from Taiwan to Nagasaki is possibly brought to be repurposed as a tea utensil, as evidenced by its accompanying lid.

There is a hairline on the rim and a few minor chips on the base, but the condition is generally good. An old Kintsugi repair on the lid conveys that it was prized as a tea utensil for imported goods. In addition to the paired lid, a lacquer-coated lid (partially peeled off from the lacquer) is also included.

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