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Jar with two loop handles

206 BCE-220 CE


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Jar with two handle lugs
    Place where the work was made
    Han dynasty 206 BCE - 220 CE → China
    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

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    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. cat.no. 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • 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

  • Bibliography

    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, cat.no. 5 See extended label for text.

    • Jackie Menzies, Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, not paginated. cat.no. 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.).