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Chinese Yuan Dynasty Bronze Lotus Jar, 14th Century, China



A rare Chinese repousse bronze (copper alloy) lotus jar, Yuan Dynasty (1270-1368), Yunnan, China. The offering vessel of globular form, with a wide, rounded body and a hinged lid. The body of the jar decorated with a series of large and bold overlapping lotus petals. The lid with an eight pointed star yantra centered around a large nipple representing the sacred Mt. Meru. Originally used as an offering vessel to house sutras or dedications, this type of vessel was popular in southwest China from the 10th-16th centuries. Most often they are found in pottery. Bronze vessels of this type are rare. The exterior of jar covered with an overall dark green patina. The interior with a more complex, lighter green patina with heavy mineral encrustation to the interior of the lid, and remnants of fabric and paper to the bottom. The underside with a paper label from Allen's Antiques.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.25 in. (28.58 cm)Diameter: 8.75 in. (22.23 cm)
  • Style
    Ming (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. The vessel in intact condition, with some minor.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894717994982

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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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