Jar, anonymous, c. 1575 - c. 1599
Swatow is a type of stoneware made in the South Chinese province of Fujian. It features fluidly painted, expressive decoration and was widely distributed to Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, and mainland Southeast Asia. This jar is decorated with birds, flowers, and dragons in overglaze iron-red and green enamels. Vessels of this type were generally used as containers for a range of foodstuffs.