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Storage Jar

Asian Art

This massive jar is decorated with three bands of incised animal motifs that relate to decorative patterns on contemporaneous lacquer wares in China, while the wide strap handles on the shoulder evolve from early bronze vessel forms. The jar represents an important phase of ceramic development during the Han dynasty, when Yue ware, a high-fired glazed stoneware, was first produced. Yue (pronounced "yu-eh") is the area in Zhejiang province, in southeast China, where one of the three kingdoms of Wu-Yue (A.D. 222–280) was established. Yue kiln wares were first made exclusively for the Wu-Yue kingdom.

MEDIUM Proto-Yue ware, stoneware with natural ash glaze
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 206 B.C.E.-220 C.E.
    DYNASTY Han Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 13 1/4 x 15 3/8 in. (33.7 x 39.1 cm) Diameter of mouth: 5 in. (12.7 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1996.26.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George J. Fan
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Storage Jar, 206 B.C.E.-220 C.E. Proto-Yue ware, stoneware with natural ash glaze, 13 1/4 x 15 3/8 in. (33.7 x 39.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George J. Fan, 1996.26.1. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 1996.26.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The rounded sides rising to a wide mouth with moulded rim, decorated around the widest part with a band of wavy combed lines, the shoulders applied with two moulded masl form handles and embellished with three triezes of incised birds, fish, mythological animal and geometric design, each band separated by raised ridges, covered on the upper body with a grayish green ash glaze stopping at the waist, the slightly concave bottom fired to an even dark reddish brown color glaze degraded and with some areas of flaking. Condition: Intact; minor superficial scratches across top two bands of decoration; some flaking of glaze; minor adhesions of earth; minor scratches to bottom unglazed half of body
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (80%)
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