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Jar

Accession Number
1993/1.53

Title
Jar

Artist(s)
Chinese

Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
25 CE-220 CE

Medium & Support
earthenware with lead glaze

Dimensions
18 7/16 in x 13 3/4 in x 13 3/4 in (46.8 cm x 35 cm x 35 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Domino's Pizza, Inc.

Subject matter
This is a red earthenware hu (壺) jar for storing "wine", or millet ale. The shape and green glaze mimicks bronze forms. The two animal masks (taotie, 饕餮) hold rings serving as decorative handles, reflecting contemporary bronze doorknockers. These types of jars were made in abundance as funerary storage vessels to supply for the afterlife and have been found in the tombs of both middle and elite classes of Han citizens. 

Physical Description
This tall, red earthenware jar with bulbous body, curved flaring neck, and direct rim with articulation rests on a tall, slightly flared foot ring. Appliqué "bow string" bands wrap around the body and rim, and two animal mask decorations hold rings on opposing sides of the belly. The jar is covered in a dark green lead glaze.

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
jar

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ceramic

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
ceramic (material)
earthenware
grave goods
jars
lead glaze

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