LARGE Chinese Han Dynasty Glazed Granary Building
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LARGE Chinese Eastern Han Dynasty Glazed Pottery Granary Building
This large and impressive architectural pottery model of a granary was made during the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25 - 220). It is made from a red pottery that has been coated in green glaze that has degraded and acquired a silvery iridescence in places, a result of long burial in damp conditions. It has a ridged gabled roof, the front section showing seven rows of tile covers, each row with a circular end tile, and supported by two traditional brackets. Under the roof are three cut-out windows. Halfway up the front is a balcony, also supported by brackets, with moulded patterns and a latticework panel in its centre. Sloping diagonally down from this is what appears to be a ladder (close examination suggests there are moulded or cut rungs on the surface) and there is a cut-out hole at the top of the ladder, that is, in the flat bottom of the balcony. The building stands on four feet, the front two being in moulded bear form, and the rear two being plain. The flat back of the building remains unglazed; although the rear section of the roof does have some glaze, it seems that most of this glaze is accidental, having been splashed on or run during firing.
Height 55 cm (21.5 inches), width 48 cm (18.75 inches).
This item is one of our own collection of Han Dynasty pottery architectural models that has not previously been offered for sale. It is available to view at our gallery.
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