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Posted 2 years ago

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Hello my fellow collector. I needed a little help identifying this vase or jar. At first I thought maybe it had Chinese roots because of the animals in the Chinese zodiac but then I noticed that one of the symbols here was an Elephant; which i don't think belongs to any zodiac order.

If you cant help me with the symbols, please, could you tell me what type of vase it is? or if its even a vase? It could be a jar or a jug I'm just not really sure.

Why the spiked bottom? seems odd since it cant stand on its own. How do you set it up? Do i bury it underground or does it go on a special seat?

Small info: its made of stoneware. Hand made designs probably. 4 small handles on sides. The animals on the side are

1.Horse
2.Tiger
3.Monkey
4.Dragon
5.OX
7.Elephant
8.Rooster [i think]
9.Fish

Any help would be IMMENSELY appreciated

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  1. jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Hi, the shape of your vessel is based on an excavation from the Chinese neolithic period three to five thousand years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CMOC_Treasures_of_Ancient_China_exhibit_-_water_jar.jpg

    There is a much later vessel without ears or lugs: http://www.busaccagallery.com/catalog.php?catid=125&itemid=3292&page=1

    I have seen a bronze version with a stand in which it sat (also Chinese) but I do not recall where. Yours was likely intended to draw water and then to hang from it's ropes rather than stand. Nice piece you have. Regards, Jim


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