Spouted Chinese Storage Jar

194 fragments of ceramics manufactured in China were unearthed at the excavation of the Harrietville Chinese Mining Village by The Uncovered Past Institute in October 2017. Most of the fragments could be pieced together with others, and found to be different types of bowl, jar, cups and other items.

This photograph shows the interior view of 51 pieces of a spouted jar, which would likely have been used to store oil, soy sauce or vinegar.

The round section at the bottom left of the photograph was the base of the jar, about 12cm in diameter. The spout is at the top right of the photograph. The fragments show that the interior of the jar was only lightly glazed during its manufacture, and that the glaze liquid was only roughly poured into the jar - you can still see the drips of liquid (photo: Paul Macgregor)

The round section at the bottom left of the photograph was the base of the jar, about 12cm in diameter. The spout is at the top right of the photograph. The fragments show that the interior of the jar was only lightly glazed during its manufacture, and that the glaze liquid was only roughly poured into the jar - you can still see the drips of liquid (photo: Paul Macgregor)

A photograph of a whole version of the same type of vessel is also shown, from the collection of the Bright Museum, near Harrietville (photo: Paul Macgregor)

A photograph of a whole version of the same type of vessel is also shown, from the collection of the Bright Museum, near Harrietville (photo: Paul Macgregor)