cylindrical jar tapered sharply at top terminating in a rimmed 1-1/8 in. opening; exterior decorated by a large organic motif; central band of red, blue and white; two smaller bands of white and black with pairs of white dots encircle the base and top

Jar, 2nd century BCE

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Well-preserved examples of Han painted pottery, these three storage vessels demonstrate that sophisticated production techniques relying on a division of labor and quality control were well established by Western Han. Although potted and painted by different artisans, all three jars appear to have come off the same assembly line. Uniform production standards became very important during Han when tremendous wealth was made through national and international trade. The red and black colors as well as the stylized curvilinear cloud designs are derived directly from lacquer objects which had become popular during late Zhou and early Han (4th-1st century b.c.).

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Title
Jar
Role
Artist
Accession Number
95.27
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cylindrical jar tapered sharply at top terminating in a rimmed 1-1/8 in. opening; exterior decorated by a large organic motif; central band of red, blue and white; two smaller bands of white and black with pairs of white dots encircle the base and top