Large Chinese Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Hu Jar with Cover
This large and attractive pottery jar was made some 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220). It is made from a relatively high-fired grey pottery and has been extensively and elaborately decorated with a "cold painted" design in pink and white pigments, very good traces of which still remain. It has a wide round body that stands on its integral tall foot. On opposing sides of the shoulder are moulded "taotie" mask handles. Still adhering to parts of the surface, especially within the recessed base, are the remains of ancient plant/root growths from its long burial.
This is a large jar with a height of 40 cm (15.75 inches). Condition is very good. There is a surface chip to the edge of the cover, clearly caused during antiquity, and a stabilised crack to the body of the jar.
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