Han Terracotta Polychrome Painted Hu with Lid

GBP 695.00

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Object Description

A finely sculpted Han terracotta hu featuring a globular body which gradually tapers into a long, slender neck and is supported by a flat base. The vessel has a wide opening with an everted rim. The polychrome painted lid, mainly featuring red pigment, displays a slight convex surface and is placed on the top. The neck and the body are fully ornamented with floral motifs and Kui pattern, which referrers to a highly aesthetic yet abstract liner ornament inspired by the traditional Chinese mythological Kui creature.

The derived Kui patterns, seen on the body of this example, are presented in abstract yet precise strokes, giving only a skeleton impression of its antecedent complexes that originated in the Xia-Shang-Zhou dynasties (circa 2205 BC- 878 BC). Kui patterns used to adorn ancient Chinese objects, refer to a mysterious creature that takes the shape of a serpentine body and a phoenix’s head. On traditional Chinese bronze wares, the elongated bodies of Kui creatures are usually represented by geometric and abstract expressions.

Date: Circa 206 BC- AD 9
Period: Han Dynasty

Object Condition

Condition: Good condition, with polychrome pigments surviving on the surfaces. The surface is covered with earthy encrustations.

Object Details

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  • dimensions
    W:15 x H:42.2 centimeters

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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
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