Martaban stoneware (or tapayan) are large wide-mouthed jars found in various cultures in Southern Asia. Their various functions include fermenting rice, fermenting vinegar or alcoholic beverages, storing food and water, cooking, and in some cultures burial of the deceased.
The term martaban comes from the Dutch martavanen, and were originally from kilns in Southern China and Indochina. These were used primarily as storage jars for foodstuffs and valuable trade goods during ship voyages, but were highly valued as trade goods themselves. They became heirlooms and symbols of wealth and status among various indigenous cultures in the islands of Southeast Asia. [Wikipedia]
This particular pot is made of thick red clay with a dark natural glaze. Images are close to actual color of the pots but there may be some variations.
9″ (Dia) x 9-3/4″ (H)
7 lbs. 11.2 ozs.
Ming Dynasty 1368 – 1644
top of jar’s rim is chipped (see main image & image#1 slide)
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