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Yue ware celadon jar, Five Dynasties, 10th Century, h.34.0cm. Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection. Acc. No. 10794 © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

From the late Tang dynasty into the Five Dynasties, in the area around Zhejiang Province, a new type of Yue ware was produced which was different from the « secret-colored » celadon of the old Yue ware. Utilitarian wares were mass produced, and a system of distribution was established so that Yue ware was used not only domestically but also found its way to distant foreign lands. This jar is one of those which was exported; it was excavated in Celebes Island (Sulawesh) in Indonesia, and is said to have been in the secret collection of the king there. This jar is glazed with a unique opaque celadon glaze. The variations in the glaze thickness combine with the simple, powerful wheel marks to give the pot a deep appeal. The two slab handles and four loop handles were used to secure the lid which was originally attached. Similar pieces with lids have been excavated at the Five Dynasties Tomb at Qizishan, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province.