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Large storage jar with raised horizontal bands and animal-mask handles

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China, Jiangsu province; or China, Zhejiang province, Large storage jar with raised horizontal bands and animal-mask handles, 2nd century/1st century BCE, light gray stoneware with molded and applied decoration and ash glaze, Gift of Andrée Stevens, public domain, 94.55

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Title

Large storage jar with raised horizontal bands and animal-mask handles

Artist

China, Zhejiang province (Chinese)

China, Jiangsu province (Chinese)

Date

2nd century/1st century BCE

Period

China: Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)

Medium

light gray stoneware with molded and applied decoration and ash glaze

Dimensions (H x W x D)

13 in x 14 3/4 in diam.

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Ceramics

Object Type

jar

Culture

Chinese

Credit Line

Gift of Andrée Stevens

Accession Number

94.55

Copyright

public domain

Terms

ceramics

Han

jars

stoneware

Place Made

Created in: Zhejiang

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

1st Floor

Goodman Gallery

Description

This handsome storage jar is an example of some of the earliest deliberately glazed ceramic wares in China. Potters noticed that when wood ash in the kiln fell on the surface of a vessel, it fused with the clay surface to produce a natural glaze. Here, a glaze made from wood ash, water, and clay is captured and controlled by the use of three successive ridges along the jar’s shoulder.

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