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Large Chinese Han Dynasty Proto-Yueh Ware Hu Form Jar

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Large Chinese Han Dynasty Proto-Yueh Ware Hu Form Jar
Large Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) "hu" form jar with two moulded and incised loop handles on the shoulder. Measures about 11 1/2"H x 8" diameter. Above the waist, the vase is decorated with two sets of incised lines running around the circumference. A mottled olive green glaze, consisting of green, brown and cream pigments, also accents the upper section of the vase and the interior of the mouth. These accent areas are separated by a brown glazed neck. The lower portion of the vase is an unglazed light terracotta-brown color. Very good overall condition. A few tiny fleabites to the foot and a small amount of loss to the glaze at the rim. See illustration #34 in "A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics" by Suzanne G. Valenstein, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989" for a similar example. According to Valenstein, this type of Han ware is sometimes referred to as "proto-porcelain."

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