covered jar, grey earthenware; painted cloud pattern in red, white and purple slip

Hu (Covered Storage Jar), 2nd century BCE

Unknown artist, expand_more

Earthenware with traces of pigmentexpand_more

Anonymous Giftexpand_more  89.45a,b

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.

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Hu (Covered Storage Jar)
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Artist
Accession Number
89.45a,b
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covered jar, grey earthenware; painted cloud pattern in red, white and purple slip