A Western Han Painted Jar

GBP 3,950.00

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Object Description

A brightly painted and finely modelled Chinese jar of the Western Han Dynasty. The jar features a flat base, a drum abdomen and a slightly everted rim. On one side, the jar appears decorated with an animated hunting scene, depicting a tiger chasing two deer. Further ornamental elaboration includes decorative bands painted in vibrant red and black pigments, and galloping zoomorphic creatures with only their stretched forepaws visible. The arched representations behind the galloping beasts are executed with brilliant brownish and buff pigments, which can be interpreted as parts of their abstractly rendered bodies, or as a representation of mountains. To the other side, curly, wide volutes that resmeble a coiled serpentine, echoing the early Chinese representation of a dragon.

The animals depicted on the jar feature elongated bodies, vibrant colours and clear black contours executed with confident brushstrokes, characteristic of the Western Han pottery painting.

Date: Circa 209 BC – 9 AD
Period: Western Han Dynasty

Object Condition

Very fine condition, complete and intact, with partial sandy accretions and most of the paintings and pigments have survived.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    H:25.4 cm centimeters
  • diameter
    29.2cm centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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