round-bodied jar with small foot; decorated with carved vertical lines and 2 small areas of incised spirals at applied ring handles; yellow-green glaze

Storage Jar, 4th century BCE

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This elegant storage jar made in vague imitation of contemporary bronze vessels was created by building up coiled strips of clay which were finished on a slow-turning potter's wheel. Set on opposite sides of the shoulder are two mold-impressed plaques centered under the loose ring handles. The main decoration consists of two continuous registers of neatly incised vertical fluting. The finely worked precise detailing lends a sense of formal majesty to this exceptional example of early celadon ware. High-fired stoneware with shapes, decorations, and glazes similar to this vessel have been excavated from Warring States (475-221 b.c.) tombs in Guixi, Jiangxi, and Shaoxing Zhekiang provinces in southeastern China.

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Storage Jar
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Artist
Accession Number
98.214.1
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round-bodied jar with small foot; decorated with carved vertical lines and 2 small areas of incised spirals at applied ring handles; yellow-green glaze