A comparison of the potting, glazing and cut of the foot leaves little doubt that this jar and the previous globular jar with rope-twist handles, lot 293, have a common source of manufacture.
Certain characteristics, such as the rolled lip, tall, tapering neck, striated handles, and thin caramel-colored glaze around the lower portion and inside of the vessel indicate an area of production in Henan or Hebei provinces. A closely related jar recovered from the kilns at Haobiji in Henan province is illustrated by Zhao Qingyun, Henan Taoci Shi, Beijing, 1993, pl. 27, no. 109.
A virtually identical jar, formerly in the Malcolm Collection, is in the Matsuoka Museum, illustrated by J. Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, London, 1979, pl. 53k, and another, in the Hakone Art Museum, is illustrated in Mayuyama: Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, p. 192, no. 569. See, also, two related jars, but with ribs arranged into groups, illustrated by R.L. d'Argencé, Chinese Ceramics in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1967, pl. XXXVIII(B), and the example sold in these rooms, 20 March 2001, lot 199.