Compare the Cizhou-type meiping of comparable size decorated in the same unusual technique with bands of foliate and diaper pattern, dated Song dynasty, 11th-12th century, illustrated in the Catalogue of the Memorial Exhibition of The Charles B. Hoyt Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1952, p. 71, no. 283. Two other vessels decorated in the same technique are also illustrated, no. 284, another ovoid bottle and no. 285, a jar.
The result of Oxford Authentication thermoluminescence test no. P108x95 is consistent with the dating of this lot.