Han dynasty potters were perhaps the most original and creative in the whole history of Chinese ceramics, and their work is still neglected and undervalued - a marvellous opportunity for the collector. This jar, which was made in the late Western-early Eastern Han period (1st century BCE-1st century CE) in the Jiangsu or Zhejiang area, has a full rounded body and a low cut neck which gives prominence to the mask handles. It is very “potterly” and surprisingly modern in appearance.
The ash glaze (Hui You Tao) is thinly applied so as to enhance the clay rather than conceal it. These ash glazes were developed as a result of kiln accidents in the Warring States period, and led naturally into the celadon glazes of Yueyao.
Dimensions: height, 19 cm; width, 25 cm.
Condition: Excellent and intact, with wear commensurate to its age.