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Artwork Details

25 CE-220 CE
earthenware with lead glaze
18 3/4 in x 12 3/8 in x 12 3/8 in (47.6 cm x 31.5 cm x 31.5 cm)
Gift of Domino's Pizza, Inc.

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Subject Matter:

This red earthenware hu (壺) jar for storing "wine" or millet ale imitates the shape and green color of 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 both middle and elite classes of Han citizens. 

Physical Description:

This tall, red earthenware jar with bulbous body has a tall, flaring, curved neck with flaring, articulated, dish-shaped rim. Its tall, straight foot ring rests on small tripod feet. Appliqué bowstring bands wrap around the body and rim, and combed, wavy line decoration winds around the neck. Two animal mask decorations in low relief hold rings on opposing sides of the belly. The jar is covered in a green lead glaze with iridescence and calcification.

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