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Artwork Details

25 CE-220 CE
earthenware with lead glaze
18 9/16 in x 12 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in (47.2 cm x 31.8 cm x 31.8 cm)
Gift of Domino's Pizza, Inc.

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Subject Matter:

This is a red earthenware hu (壺) jar for storing "wine" or millet ale. The shape and green glaze is in imitation of 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 has a tall, curved, flaring neck with a flaring, articulated, dish-shaped rim, and tall straight foot ring. Appliqué bowstring bands wind around the body and rim, and 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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