Yue stoneware water pot with loop handles

Yue stoneware water pot with loop handles

China, Western Jin dynasty, 265 – 316

Diameter: 4 1/8 inches, 10.5 cm

Height: 2 inches, 5 cm

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. [1] 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, [2] the Yuyao Museum, Zhejiang province, [3] and the Zhejiang Provincial Museum. [4] 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). [5]

Provenance: private collection, Singapore

A rectangular paper label reading “VIC/715 £33…” is attached to the base.

  1. Gompertz, G.ST.G.M. Chinese Celadon Wares, Faber and Faber, London, 1980, pp. 34-5
  2. 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
  3. Li, Jun, Qian Feng Cui Se- Zhongguo Yue yao qing, Ningbo chu ban she, Ningbo, 2011, p. 78
  4. The Zhejian Provincial Museum online collection archive, webpage: https://www.zhejiangmuseum.com/zjbwg/collection/collect_detail.html?id=2284
  5. 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
Fig. 1 Yue stoneware water pot with loop handles, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Fig. 1 Yue stoneware water pot with loop handles, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford