Jar with two loop handles, Northern Song dynasty (960-1126)

Jar with two loop handles, Northern Song dynasty (960-1126), Northern China. Crackle-glazed high fired ceramic with purple splashes. H. 5 7/8 in x Diam. 6 3/4 in, H. 14.9 cm x Diam. 17.2 cm. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P121. © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture

Jars with two small handles continued to be primary productions in the north since the Tang period. By the time of the Yuan dynasty, these jars were formed with a short neck and rounded lip with two small loop handles on either a rounded, a straight, or a tapered belly. They were usually decorated with jun glaze (CGK Zenshu 1983 vol. 9: pl. 43; National Palace Mus. 1961 vol. chun ware: pl. 44). The purple symmetrical splashes were innovatively matched with loose crackles on the body. Linru of Henan was one of the locations producing jun and celadon glazed types during the Yuan dynasty (WW 1964.8: 21; Henan Inst. 1991: fig. 120).