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Square-Sectioned Jar (Fanghu)

A work made of gray earthenware with polychrome pigments.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gray earthenware with polychrome pigments.


Western Han dynasty, 206 BCE–9 CE



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.


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Arts of Asia


Square-Sectioned Jar (Fanghu)


China (Object made in)

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206 BCE–9 CE


Gray earthenware with polychrome pigments


43.8 × 19.5 × 19.5 cm (17 1/4 × 7 11/16 × 7 11/16 in.)

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Gift of the Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation

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