Han Glazed Terracotta Vase

SKU H.515

206 BC to 220 AD


11.25″ (28.6cm) high x 13.25″ (33.7cm) wide


Glazed Terracotta



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As the technology of ceramic production increased significantly with the development of kilns and low-temperature lead-glaze ware during the Han Dynasty, the nature of ceramic work became more geared toward practical uses and large scale production. Covered with a fine mat impression, this vessel exemplifies the beauty of minimalist decoration common among practical forms of pottery. The shape of this particular vessel, found also among early glazed ware vessels of the Shang Dynasty, had been perfected by the peak of the Han Dynasty. Its symmetrical balance and fluid curvature attests to advanced techniques and better workmanship. A widened belly dramatizes its appearance as its short-rimmed neck adds to the exaggeration. Though made for practical purposes, it hasn’t abandoned the artistic standards of taste; rather it has rose to achieve a middle ground between utility and beauty. The ceramic artisan of the Han Dynasty is accredited for revolutionizing China’s ceramic industry, paving the way for the development of fine porcelain in later days.

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