Tall Chinese Han Dynasty Glazed Pottery Jar with Octagonal Base
This large pottery jar (or "hu") was made during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220). It is made from a reddish pottery that has been coated with a green glaze. Due to its long burial in damp conditions, the glaze has thinned and flaked in places as well as acquiring a silvery iridescence. On opposing sides at the waist are two moulded taotie ring handles as well as several bands and ridges that surround the jar. Interesting it has a nine-side lower section/base. Within the base are traces of ancient root/plant growths from its long burial still adhering to the unglazed surface.
Height 44 cm (17.25 inches). Although not immediately obvious, close examination does show there are repairs with areas where the degraded glazed has been touched-up and/or stabilised, probably also repaired chips to the rim. Overall a large and impressive example of rare form.
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