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Jar

Chinese

Artwork Details

Jar
25 CE-220 CE
Chinese
earthenware with lead glaze
18 7/16 in x 13 3/4 in x 13 3/4 in (46.8 cm x 35 cm x 35 cm)
Gift of Domino's Pizza, Inc.
1993/1.53

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Description

Subject Matter:

This is a red earthenware hu (壺) jar for storing "wine", or millet ale. The shape and green glaze mimicks bronze forms. The two animal masks (taotie, 饕餮) hold rings serving as decorative handles, reflecting 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 both middle and elite classes of Han citizens. 

Physical Description:

This tall, red earthenware jar with bulbous body, curved flaring neck, and direct rim with articulation rests on a tall, slightly flared foot ring. Appliqué "bow string" bands wrap around the body and rim, and two animal mask decorations hold rings on opposing sides of the belly. The jar is covered in a dark green lead glaze.

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