Subject:Re: Is This Jar Sui Straw Glaze?
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Dec 13, 2018
Doesn't appear to be Sui but does share features of decoration and form with 18th-19th century so-called "Martaban" (also spelled "Martavan") jars that are named after a gulf and trading port in the former Burma (now Myanmar). Your jar resembles some identified in the September-October 1992 issue of "Arts of Asia" magazine as made in China's Guangdong Province and later found in the Philippines. Early research, as cited in the article, verified that these were storage jars for foodstuffs and other trade goods and that relatively few had been found in tombs. Shipwrecks near the Philippines were cited as sources, although these jars were treasured as family heirlooms all over Southeast Asia, where various forms had been arriving with trade goods from China and occasionally other Asian countries such as Thailand for at least a millennium.
Here's a link to an auction result for a Martaban jar, as well as a photo of another style I found while in Burma more than 30 years ago. Keep in mind that Indonesia is well known for its cottage industry in fakes of Chinese shipwreck and other antique ceramics.
URL Title :Martaban