hill censer, low fired earthenware with green lead glaze

Lian (Cosmetic Container), 1st century

Unknown artist, expand_more

The cover of this jar depicts sacred mountains populated with animals of Han mythology, mainly dragons, tigers and bears. Around the main register is a landscape scene with hunters on horseback pursuing wild animals. Lian jars were used to store small items, especially cosmetics. The mountain peaks seen here and on the bo shan lu censer are inspired by popular Daoism and its fixation on immortality.

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Title
Lian (Cosmetic Container)
Role
Artist
Accession Number
89.43.1a,b
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hill censer, low fired earthenware with green lead glaze