Hill jar


Hill jar

No: 0011

Date: Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)
Material: ceramic
Height: 6 inches without lid (15.24 cm); 9 ½ inches with lid (24.13 cm)
Diameter: 7 inches (17.78 cm) 

The shape of this jar is referred to as a hill jar and became popular during the Han Dynasty. It is of characteristic shape with a frieze depicting a hunting scene with mythical beasts and gazelles in motion, circling mountains. The jar is held up by three bears. The lid represents swirling peaks on top of mountains with animals. The jar and lid are covered overall inside and outside with a yellow-green glaze.

Photo by Maria Paula Armelin


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