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1-06 Chinese Art - Volume I
1. Glazed stoneware jar - Shang dynasty

Jar with slightly depressed globular body, wide mouth and high spreading foot, fitted with two strap handles, one on each side, situated above an opening in the foot-ring, probably intended to take cords or leather straps. Dense grey stoneware with a thin olive glaze (height 21,1 cm).

2. Glazed stoneware jar and cover - From Ch'ang-sha in Honan, Late Chou dynasty - 5th-4th century B.C.

Globular jar with splayed foot-ring and flared mouth fitted with a domed cover surmounted by a small boss. The flared mouth is pierced with vertical slits and decorated with an incised chevron band. Body and cover with a thin olive green glaze, burnt brown in places; the body where exposed has burnt reddish-brown (height 16,5 cm).

3. Glazed earthenware jar and cover - From the Chin-ts'un tombs, Loyang, Warring States period - 4th century B.C.

Depressed globular jar and cover, the jar with two horizontal bands of decoration in relief and with two mask-handles on the shoulders, the domed cover with three pierced projections. Reddish pottery with soft green glaze (height 19,5 cm).

4. Glazed stoneware model of a bell - 3rd-2nd century B.C.

Stoneware model of a bell, with three rows of bosses interrupted by vertical panels, the flat top with a square loop-handle in the centre, of hard grey stoneware, covered with an olive glaze. Yüeh type (height 14,2 cm).

5. Glazed stoneware bowl on three legs - 3rd-2nd century B.C.

Bowl of oval plan form, with vertical sides extending upwards at the front and ending in a stylised animal's head, with rectangular upright loop-handles rising from below the rim at the sides, and with a small loop-handle pierced with two holes at the back. The bowl stands on three short cabriole legs. Dense grey stoneware with stamped designs of lei-wen spirals on the body and rim, covered with a mottled, uneven yellowish olive felspathic glaze. Yüeh type (height 15,0 cm).

6. Glazed stoneware jar - Early Han period - 2nd-1st century B.C.

Slightly depressed ovoid jar, with small mouth and two mask-handles on the shoulder. Round the upper part of the body are three ribs in relief with incised scrolling decoration. Compact grey stoneware, the upper part covered with a slightly dappled olive green glaze, the lower part exposed and burnt a glossy brown (height 31,8 cm).

7. Glazed stoneware jar - Late Chou dynasty - 4th-3rd century B.C.

Jar of wide ovoid form with wide mouth, two S-curve reliefs on the shoulder and a band of vertical ribbing round the body. Compact buff stoneware with traces of pale olive toned glaze on the shoulder; flat base (diameter 21,4 cm).