Chinese Han Dynasty Glazed Jar with Animal Frieze
This pottery jar, or "guan", was made during the Han Dynasty (206 BC- AD 220). It is heavily-potted and made from a reddish-brown earthenware that has been coated in a yellowish-green 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.
Around the shoulder is an elaborate moulded frieze depicting many different animals including a stag, boar and monkey.
Diameter 16 cm (6.25 inches), height 13 cm (5 inches). Very minor surface wear, no sign of restoration or repair: very good condition.
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