Subject matter This is a yue ware jar of the Eastern Jin dynasty (317-420), whose shape is related to water containers of the preceeding Western Jin dynasty (265-316). This form was often plain but during this period could also be stamped or molded with animal and mythical animal decorations. A form of mingqi (明器)jars such as these were commonly found in the tombs of nobility.
Physical Description This is a squat stoneware jar with a globular body on a footring and a tall, straight, flaring neck. Legs and frog heads have been applied around the body, with four lug handles applied around the neck. Iron oxide spots have been painted on the handles and around the neck, the jar is covered with an olive gray-green celadon glaze.
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