Western Han dynasty / Covered Jar / 2nd century B.C.Western Han dynasty
Covered Jar
2nd century B.C.

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Western Han dynasty
Title: Covered Jar
View: front
Creation Start Date: -19
Creation End Date: -10
Creation Date: 2nd century B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: polychrome earthenware
Dimensions: H.22-1/8 x W.14-1/2 (handles) x D.13-1/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 89.45a,b
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Cleveland
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

During the Han dynasty, food became both abundant and varied. Even the common people enjoyed great improvements in their standard of living. Han tombs nearly always included storage jars (hu) full of cereals and wine for the afterlife. This large, lidded jar painted in red, white and purple pigments with spiral patterns can be seen as a less expensive substitute for the similarly decorated lacquer containers that likely inspired its decor.

AMICA ID: MIA_.89.45a,b
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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