This wonderful piece is from Shan Xi province, an ancient state of China. The area is famous for producing rich, aromatic, dark vinegar. Historically these jars were used to store the prized liquids. Their rustic, artistic appeal with the beautiful patina make fantastic design elements. Used singularly or in a grouping, they add boldness and contrast to a space. This particular piece is large, has beautiful black rings and a very nice rounded body. These pieces are also great for rustic floral arrangements. Substantial, all original, 19th century.