Jar with animal-mask handles

Historical period(s)
Eastern Han dynasty, 25-220
Medium
Stoneware with wood-ash glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 20.2 x 26.6 x 25.2 cm (7 15/16 x 10 1/2 x 9 15/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — funds provided by the Friends of Asian Arts
Accession Number
S1992.8
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
China, Eastern Han dynasty (25 - 220), stoneware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

J. E. Melchior Collection
Helen D. Ling died 1982
Mrs. Ann S. Ling

Label

This robust jar is representative of a type of high-temperature ceramic ware inspired by bronze shapes. The molded animal masks on the two raised handles underscore the jar's relationship to bronze vessel forms made for burial in the tombs of the elite.
The jar, holding offerings for the afterlife, was also buried in a tomb, but it belongs to a tradition of sturdy storage containers and probably also saw ordinary household use.

Published References
  • H. W. Siegel Helen D. Ling. Early Chinese Potteries and Porcelains of the Shang, Chou, Chin, Han Dynasties: Collection of the Late J.E. Melchior. Shanghai. cat. 4.29.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum