A Glazed Pottery Jar

Eastern Han dynasty, 2nd century AD
Reference #: PE1360

Height: 11 ½ inches (29.2 cm.)
Diameter across shoulders: 15 inches (38.1 cm.)

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated in He Li 1996, number 87, page 78.
Meiyintang Collection, illustrated in Krahl 1994, number 64, page 47.

The high-fired, grey pottery jar of ovoid form with thickly lipped mouth and flat, slightly recessed base, impressed on the body beneath the shoulders with a chevron pattern and applied on the shoulders with four small strap handles impressed with further geometric designs, incised with two rings beneath the mouth, sprayed from above with a thin, ash glaze.

Jars of this shape were made at this time with a variety of impressed patterns that were achieved with a rectangular stamp or paddle. Made in Zhejiang province, unglazed versions exist, as do examples without the applied handles.

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