A similarly carved jar of this form, without a cover, is illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, vol. I, London, 1986, p. 293, no. 216. Another related jar is illustrated, also by R. Krahl, in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. I, London, 1994, p. 306, no. 576. See, also, M. Medley, The Chinese Potter: A Practical History of Chinese Ceramics, Oxford, 1976, p. 149, fig. 110.
A comparable jar and cover but smaller in size was sold in our New York Rooms, 16 October 2001, lot 367.