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Jar with two loop handles

206 BCE-220 CE


Unknown Artist


This jar is of ovoid shape with a tall cylindrical neck, flaring mouth and two loop handles at its shoulder. It is decorated with an incised wave pattern at the neck, and two pairs of bands on the shoulder, neck and lip only with a greenish-brown glaze apparently formed by kiln ash. This piece is important as an early example of the Chinese glazed stoneware tradition that would continue for centuries. This use of chance glazing must have been employed for its decorative effect as the Chinese had developed more controlled methods of glazing by this time.

Jackie Menzies, 'Early Chinese Ceramics', AGNSW, 1983. XVII. (illus.).

Jar with narrow neck and flaring lip; two loop-handles at shoulder. Grey stoneware; glazed on shoulder, neck and lip only with greenish-brown glaze apparently formed by kiln ash. Decorated with incised wave pattern at neck, two pairs of bands on shoulder and floral motif on loop-handles. Heavy finger ribbing on bottom half of jar. Turned base.

Mr. V.V.W. Fretwell, Mr L.G. Harrison, Mr. Ivan McMeekin and Mr. J.H. Mytrle 'Chinese Ceramics', AGNSW, 1965. pg. 17.


Other Title

Jar with two handle lugs


206 BCE-220 CE

Media category


Materials used

stoneware with incised decoration


10.0 cm diam. of mouth; 22.0 x 16.5 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Bequest of Eleanor Hinder through her executors 1975


Not on display

Accession number


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

  • Chinese Ceramics, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Aug 1965–12 Sep 1965

  • Early Chinese art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Feb 1983–08 May 1983

Referenced in 3 publications


Mr V V W Fretwell, Mr L G Harrison, Ivan McMeekin and J. Hepburn Myrtle (Compilators), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 17, 35 (illus.). plate no. 4, 5 See extended label for text.

Jackie Menzies, Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, not paginated. XVII In this publication this object is titled 'Jug'. See 'Further Information' for text.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 102 (colour illus.).