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Jar

Chinese

Artwork Details

Jar
206 BCE - 220 CE
Chinese
glaze on earthenware
18 in x 12 in x 12 in (45.72 cm x 30.48 cm x 30.48 cm);18 in (45.72 cm);12 in (30.48 cm)
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1964/2.67

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Description

Subject Matter:

A red earthenware hu (壺) jar for storing millet ale, sometimes referred to as "wine". The shape and green glaze mimick bronze forms. The two animal masks (taotie 饕餮) holding rings, serving as decorative handles, reflect contemporary bronze doorknockers. These types of jars were made in abundance as funerary storage vessels to supply for the afterlife and have been found in the tombs of Han citizens in both the middle and elite social classes. 

Physical Description:

A red earthenware, tall jar with a bulbous body, straight flaring neck with direct rim, and tall, slightly flared foot ring, with appliqué bands around the body and rim, and two animal mask decorations holding rings on opposing sides of the belly. It is covered in a green lead glaze with iridescence and calcification.

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