Large Chinese Early Western Han Dynasty Pottery Hu Jar
This large pottery jar was made over 2,000 years ago during the early part of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 8). It is "heavily-potted" and made from a fairly high-fired pale grey pottery. The lower rounded body is covered with coarse-woven fabric impressions onto which has been luted the tall foot. There are several decorative bands and ridges surrounding the body and neck. On opposing sides of the shoulder have been applied two moulded taotie masks handles. The jar has a tall neck and wide mouth. Burial soil still adheres to the surface in places.
Height 41 cm (16 inches), diameter of body 28.5 cm (11.25 inches). Good overall condition; there is some surface wear, what is clearly an ancient chip to the rim, also smaller minor chips and a chip to the base edge, but no sign of any restoration or repair.
See also our Han jar, stock number M8476, that would make a good pair with this jar.
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