AGE: – Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD)
CONSTRUCTION: – Earthenware
DESCRIPTION: – Ancient Chinese Han Dynasty Earthenware Vessel
HEIGHT: – 36cm
MOUTH DIAMETER – 11cm
BASE DIAMETER: – 13cm
WEIGHT: – 3kg.
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Ancient Chinese Han Dynasty Earthenware Jar with a varying dark to light brown glaze covering much of the body leaving an uneven section above the base un-glazed. Impressed fish motifs, all swimming in one direction decorate the top half of the body between three bands of incised lines circling the top part of the body. The two handles on either side could be representative of a Taotie mask, although a little unclear. A snake like decoration in relief decorates two sides of the vessel above the handles.
This jar could have been made for utilitarian use or as a funerary jar likely made in Henan or Zhejiang region formerly known as Yue. Other provincial areas known for their pottery production during the Han Dynasty were Chengdu, Changsha in the province of Hunan and Chongqing in Sichuan province.
Although the jar is rather crudely made it is a large, decorative, and impressive Jar of this period.