Large Chinese Eastern Han Dynasty Glazed Pottery Jar with Animal Frieze (AD 25 - 220)
This attractively-shaped pottery jar, or "hu", was made during the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25 - 220). It is "heavily-potted" and made from a reddish-brown earthenware and coated in a streaky green glaze that has acquired a silvery iridescence, a result of long burial in damp conditions. Around its shoulder is a moulded frieze containing many different running and leaping animals. On opposing sides of the waist, within the frieze, are two moulded taotie mask handles. Above and below the frieze are raised bands, also an incised band around the upper neck. Interestingly, the pools of glaze to the flat base and the drips to the rim show this jar was fried upside down. To both the rim and base, within the glaze, are the small remains and marks left by the original kiln spacers, such jars having been stacked on top of each other in the kiln for firing.
Height 37 cm (14.5 inches), diameter 29 cm (11.25 inches). This large jar is in exceptional condition although there is most likely a small cosmetic repair to the rim edge where possibly one of the original firing spacers caused a chip to the rim.
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