An image of Globular jar decorated with relief 'head and hand' motif

Unknown Artist

Globular jar decorated with relief 'head and hand' motif

Other titles:
Heirloom jar
Location
Not on display
Further information

The round face on one side of the jar, and the human hand on the other are unusual design features. Scholar Barbara Harrisson has identified the hand as the armorial insignia of the city of Antwerp, which would have appeared on the city's coins from the 1600s on. The full face may also be a variation on the profiles found on coins. This curious pattern is one of numerous designs on Bornean heirloom jars that recall the close links between South China and West Borneo formed during the 1700s.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.144.

Place of origin
Guangdong Province, China
Year
late 18th century
Media
Ceramic
Medium
stoneware with brown glaze
Dimensions
47.0 x 45.0 cm
Credit
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1992
Accession number
195.1992