Rare Large Chinese Han Dynasty Glazed Granary Jar
This large and impressive pottery vessel was made some 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220). This vessel is a granary and its top part represents a two-tiered tiled roof. It is made from a red pottery and coated in an amber glaze that is quite thin in places. The wide body, decorated with several deeply incised bands, swells out slightly and then tapers in towards its base (most known Han Dynasty pottery granary jars have straight sides). It stands on three sturdy feet that have been luted to the body. However, one foot has come off, where the luting was poor, and been re-stuck, but it is a very clean repair. The glaze has flaked from the surface a little in places and there are a few minor chips to the edge. Unusually, the small pottery cover has survived, albeit with a large chip to one side. Although from its underside the cover looks crude, turn it over and it has a fine intricate scrolling pattern, having been formed by being pressed into a mould.
This granary is similar to other large amber-glazed granaries excavated from a tomb in Xi'an dating to the short-lived Xin Dynasty (AD 9 -25).
This is a large and substantial vessel with a height of 36.5 cm, diameter 26.5 cm and weight 5.4 kg.
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