Subject:Re: Small Ceramic Pot
Posted By: J Robert Sat, Jul 25, 2020
From its size I would call it a small jar or jarlet. It looks like a stoneware with an iron-ash glaze. The brownish-yellow glaze color and the reddish clay visible at unglazed foot suggest that it was fired under oxidizing rather than reducing conditions. I can say with near certainty that is was made in southeastern China (e.g., Fujian or Guangdong provinces) or more generally in southeast Asia at a kiln site dedicated to producing utilitarian trade ceramics. The degraded nature of the glaze suggests long use or alternatively sea salvage from the wreck of an old trading vessel. Ceramics such as this generally date from the late Tang dynasty through the Ming dynasty. On Tang dynasty jars the bases are usually flat and often show whorl-like ridges from the way they were removed from the potter's wheel. Later jars, particularly those post-Yuan dynasty, tend to have a countersunk foot ring.
Can't comment on any inscription.