Large Chinese Western Han Dynasty Stoneware Jar
This large and impressive pottery jar, the shape known as a "pou", was made during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 8). This type of stoneware is often referred to as "proto-porcelain" although the body of this particular example is porous so it is a little under-fired. The surface colour varies from grey to a pinky-brown due to uneven conditions in the kiln during firing. The round body is surrounded by impressed bands and on opposing sides at the shoulder are two sturdy animal mask handles.
It is a large example of its type with a height of 28.5 cm (11.25 inches) and diameter 32 cm (12.5 inches). The edge of one handle is chipped and there are minor chips to the edge of the inner mouth. Overall condition is very good and there is no repair or restoration.
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