White porcelain; H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1979 (1979.413.1)
Plain globular jars like this piece are affectionately termed dalhangari, or moon jars. Most examples, however, are not as perfectly round as a full moon. Many were formed by joining two halves (the top and bottom semi-spheres), often resulting in a visible joint mark near the middle and slight irregularities in the overall form. Part of their charm derives from this relaxed approach to the process, which yielded a robust and appealing end product. Porcelain jars of this type were very popular in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries.