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Artwork Details

100 BCE - 100 CE
stoneware with ash glaze
13 3/8 in x 9 1/8 in x 9 1/8 in (33.97 cm x 23.18 cm x 23.18 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Henry Jewett Greene for The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jewett Greene Memorial Collection

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Subject Matter:

A brown stoneware hu (壺) jar for storing millet ale, sometimes referred to as "wine". The shape and green glaze imitates bronze forms. The two lug handles were probably used to tie down and secure a lid. 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, of both middle and elite social classes. 

Physical Description:

A brown stoneware, tall jar with a bulbous body and a tall flaring neck with direct everted rim, on a flat base. It has appliqué bands around the body and rim alternating with incised scroll work, combed wavy lines incised around neck and rim, and two lug handles with appliqué coil finials on opposing shoulders. The upper half is covered in a green ash glaze.

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