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Han Dynasty hu jar, most probably Western Han (circa 100 BC - AD 08), of well-known and documented form with a dish-shaped mouth, a molded animal frieze on the upper shoulder, and with two taotie mask handles on either side of the jar. Constructed of reddish earthenware covered in a green lead flux glaze that is somewhat crackled and has fired to an attractive brown in some spots, this jar has acquired a silvery iridescence from burial.Han Dynasty hu jars such as this current example from the Shaanxi / Henan Provinces, are well-known and documented throughout the secondary literature. Identical pieces are illustrated in He Li, Chinese Ceramics, The New Standard Guide, page 74, plate 70, and also Suzanne Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, page 47, plate 41. See also Sotheby's, Sale L05210, Lot 113; Sale AU0688, Lot 595, and Sale AU 0695, Lot 556. While a good number of these jars were unearthed during China's construction boom of the late 1990's/ early 2000's, fewer pieces are for sale in recent years. Size and Condition: 14 1/8 inches tall, 10 inches wide at shoulder, several areas of glaze flakes and minor losses with some chipping near the mouth rim and a chip to the base. Excellent overall condition for a burial piece. ---TEXAS COLLECTION---

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Han Dynasty Hu Jar. . (C. 100 BC - AD 08)

Estimate $1,250 - $1,750Dec 1, 2018