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Square-Sectioned Jar (Fanghu)

A work made of gray earthenware with polychrome pigments.
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  • A work made of gray earthenware with polychrome pigments.

Date:

Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9)

Artist:

China

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 133

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Square-Sectioned Jar (Fanghu)

Place

China (Object made in)

Date

206 BCE–9 CE

Medium

Gray earthenware with polychrome pigments

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of the Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation

Reference Number

1962.589

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