Jar (Hu)

202 BCE–9 CE
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This earthenware wine jar's shape mimics costly bronzes, but the handles have rings that are fixed to the surface of the pot, rendering them useless.


Instead of depicting a real landscape, the artist focused on the rhythmic forces of nature and the movement of energy, using the scrolling form as a symbol common to all changes in nature: cloud vapors, waves, and mountains alike. Here a dragon hovers among sweeping scrolls.
Jar (Hu)

Jar (Hu)

202 BCE–9 CE

China, probably Henan province, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE–8 CE)

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