Rare Chinese Eastern Han Dynasty Incised Pottery Jar
This very rare and unusual vessel was made during the latter part of the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25 - 220) and most likely comes from the south central region of China. It is made from a sandy-yellow high-fired pottery, almost like stoneware, and is of cylindrical form with the wide mouth tapering in. Around the shoulder are four sturdy horizontal loop handles. The base is flat, albeit with some firing bubbles. Almost the whole of the outer surface has been decorated with repeated incised geometric patterns and wavy lines that surround the body. Although there is no glaze to the wall of the jar, there are thin patches of a translucent greenish-yellow ash glaze to the base.
This is quite a large jar with a height of 17 cm (6.75 inches), diameter 18.25 cm (7.25 inches). There is a section at the mouth edge that has been broken and re-stuck.
For information: this item is from a private English collection, having been purchased in Hong Kong in 2004.
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