Tripod Cylindrical Jar (Lian or Zun) with Creatures Amid Hills, Bear-Shaped Feet

A work made of earthenware with lead green glaze.
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  • A work made of earthenware with lead green glaze.

Date:

Eastern Han dynasty (A.D. 25–220)

Artist:

China, probably Shaanxi province

About this artwork

Vessels like this are often called "hill jars" since many have conical covers shaped in rising peaks. "Squatting-bear" feet and monster-mask ring handles are common features. This jar has been mold-impressed in two relief bands depicting hills populated with real and imaginary creatures. Wispy elflike figures are associated with immortals (xian), who were thought to dwell in mountain paradises. Such relief designs provide intriguing evidence of early landscapes painted on more perishable paper and silk.

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Title

Tripod Cylindrical Jar (Lian or Zun) with Creatures Amid Hills, Bear-Shaped Feet

Origin

China

Date

25 AD–220 AD

Medium

Earthenware with lead green glaze

Dimensions

H. 18.4 cm (7 1/4 cm); diam. 24.8 cm (9 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertha Palmer Thorne

Reference Number

1972.1261

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