Container in the Form of an Ancient Bronze Jar (hu)

A work made of earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware.

Date:

Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9)

Artist:

China

About this artwork

The squared shape and vibrantly painted decoration of this jar imitates those of bronze and lacquer vessels. Its images of monster-mask ring handles duplicate, in larger scale, functional fittings in bronze. When excavated from Han tombs, some clay jars of this type were found to contain grain offerings provided for the deceased as part of the funerary rites.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 133

Title

Container in the Form of an Ancient Bronze Jar (hu)

Origin

China

Date

206 BC–9 AD

Medium

Earthenware

Dimensions

44.0 × 20.5 × 20.5 cm (17 5/16 × 8 1/16 × 8 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation

Reference Number

1962.588

Extended information about this artwork

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