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Fine Large Chinese Han Dynasty Glazed Hu Jar (AD 25 - 220)


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Fine Large Chinese Han Dynasty Glazed Hu Jar (AD 25 - 220)

This large pottery jar was made during the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25 - 220). It is an exceptional example of its type with its very wide body and large and detailed "taotie" mask handles. It is "heavily-potted" and made from a relatively high-fired reddish-brown pottery. In addition to the taotie mask handles decoration is provided by deeply incised bands and ridges surrounding the waist, shoulder and mouth. The whole of the outer surface, as well as inside the mouth, is coated in a finely-crackled green glaze, the colour of which varies in places according to its thickness. The glaze drips around the mouth show this jar was fired upside-down. There are "spur marks" within the glaze at the mouth where small pottery spacers were placed between such jars as they were stacked on top of each other inside the kiln. In places the glaze has acquired a silvery iridescence, a reaction of the glaze to having been exposed to moisture during its very long burial.

Height 35 cm (13.5 inches), diameter 31 cm (12.25 inches). It is in excellent condition, the only possible criticism of it being extremely minor chipping to the edge of the base. One of the finest examples we have seen. It is available to view at our gallery.

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