A large earthenware wine jar,Hu, with green lead glaze much of which is covered with a silvery iridescence(caused by long burial and exposure to moisture). On the shoulder is a low relief moulded frieze depicting a number of animals and a figure on horseback in what is possibly a hunting scene. On each side are animal masks with rings - in a style similar to contemporary door knockers. This item was made circa 100 BC - 8 AD. Similar examples have been found in late Western Han tombs in Henan and Shaanxi provinces in Central China. Condition - there are chips to the base and there are chips and a number of cracks to the rim - the largest being about 7cm in length. There is wear to the relief decoration and extensive glaze degradation. Height 11 inches (28cm).