Fine Chinese Han Dynasty Green Glazed Jar
This pottery jar, or "guan", was made during the Han Dynasty (206 BC- AD 220). It is made from a reddish-brown pottery that has been coated in a streaky green glaze, the colour of which varies in places. Such jars were stacked on top of each in the kiln, separated by kiln spacers, the marks of which can be seen in the glaze on both the base and the rim. There is also a kiln scar in the glaze to the shoulder where this jar must have been in contact with another (such marks are invariably seen on Han Dynasty glazed pottery). The glaze has flaked a little from the shoulder and the rim.
Diameter 15.5 cm (6 inches), height 12.75 cm (5 inches). This is a very nice example in fine condition with no restoration or repair.
For information: we show a very similar example from the fine Southeast Asian Ceramic Society book "Spirit of Han" (ISBN 981 00 2961-6), a must for any collector of Han Dynasty ceramics.
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