Yue stoneware water pot with loop handles
A stoneware water pot of squat globular form, supported on a short, splayedfoot. The sides taper towards the recessed double rim, and four loop handles are attached to the shoulder. The body is impressed with a net in the form of square diapers. Both the interior and the exterior of the pot are entirely covered in a translucent greyish green glaze, which pools to a slightly darker tint in the recesses, leaving only the slightly concave base unglazed and revealing the orange stoneware body. The base has clusters of kiln grit adhering.
Yue wares, a term that covers most early celadon wares, developed slowly over a period of about one thousand years, from the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) to the early Song dynasty. The central yue kiln sites are in the Shanglinhu region in Zhejiang province.  Three closely comparable yue stoneware water pots with covers, similarly applied with four looped handles on the shoulder and comparable in shape, diaper-pattern design and colour of the glaze, are dated to the Western Jin dynasty. They are respectively in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing,  the Yuyao Museum, Zhejiang province,  and the Zhejiang Provincial Museum.  Another closely comparable four-handled yue water pot of similar size, shape, design and with a light-green glaze, dated to the Jin dynasty, is in the Sir Herbert Ingram collection at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (fig. 1). 
Provenance: private collection, Singapore
A rectangular paper label reading “VIC/715 £33…” is attached to the base.
- Gompertz, G.ST.G.M. Chinese Celadon Wares, Faber and Faber, London, 1980, pp. 34-5
- Li, Hue Bin ed. Porcelain of the Jin and Tang Dynasties – The Complete Collection ofTreasures of the Palace Museum, The Commercial Press, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 26, p. 30
- Li, Jun, Qian Feng Cui Se- Zhongguo Yue yao qing, Ningbo chu ban she, Ningbo, 2011, p. 78
- The Zhejian Provincial Museum online collection archive, webpage: https://www.zhejiangmuseum.com/zjbwg/collection/collect_detail.html?id=2284
- Tregear, M. Catalogue of Chinese Greenware, The Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1976, no. 67, p. 34. Also see the Ashmolean Museum online collection archive, accession no. EA1956.367