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Han Green-Glazed Kuan Vessel - PF.4579
Origin: China
Circa: 206 BC to 220 AD
Dimensions: 10" (25.4cm) high
Collection: Chinese
Medium: Glazed Terracotta

Location: United States
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This kuan has a pi-disc shaped mouth and a sloping shoulder. The shoulder meets the belly at a sharp angle, below which the belly tapers towards the base. Opposite each other on the shoulder are two raised mold-impressed loop- handles with taotie animal-mask decor--a formal characteristic associated with bronzes. The shoulder is incised with three bowstring patterns in intaglio. The upper half of the ware is partially applied with thin yellowish-green glaze while the lower half remains unglazed. The ware is coarse and loose in texture, reflective of Western Han greenware pottery techniques. As part of the Yueh ware family, this greenware vessel is one example of the vast and varied range of vessel types embellished with decorative designs and displaying a steadily growing refinement of clay body and glaze throughout China's history. Combining lifelike art with practical function into one, the manner of life and aesthetic styles of contemporary society are revealed through this vessel's construction. It surely provides us with a strong impression of the vitality and creativity found within Chinese artistic forms. - (PF.4579)


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