Chinese Han Dynasty Glazed Jar with Geometric Pattern
This rare pottery jar, or "guan", was made during the Han Dynasty (206 BC- AD 220). It has an unusual raised decorative geometric band surrounding the shoulder and is coated in a yellowish-brown, almost golden glaze, the colour of which varies in places according to the thickness of the glaze as well as, in places, iridescence, a result of long burial in damp conditions. Where particularly thin, the glaze has flaked from the surface revealing the earthenware body that varies in colours, from a reddish-brown to grey, clearly as a result of uneven conditions in the kiln during firing.
Diameter 15.25 cm (6 inches), height 13 cm (5.25 inches). Although there is no sign of restoration or repair, there are a couple of surface chips, most likely caused during excavation; overall an interesting example in good overall condition.
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