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Subject:Is This Jar Sui Straw Glaze?
Posted By: Surya Wed, Dec 12, 2018 IP:

My father 20 years ago got this jar from Borneo native people in exchange with 2 bulls. I believe that it was a burial item since I found a fragment of bone inside the jar when cleaning it. I just found out that the main color is very similar to Sui Dynasty Straw Glaze pottery (on the last picture is Sui Dynasty Straw Glaze). I also found same Blue, Brown and White in Sui/Tang Pottery. Can this jar from Sui Dynasty? May be you can give me the direction to find out. Thanks in advance

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.

Best regards,

Bill H.

URL Title :Martaban

Subject:Re: Is This Jar Sui Straw Glaze?
Posted By: Surya Fri, Dec 14, 2018

Thanks Bill for the info. It helps me alot.

Subject:Re: Is This Jar Sui Straw Glaze?
Posted By: Surya Thu, Dec 13, 2018

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