Ancient Han Dynasty Glazed Hu Jar, China (1604AOK) $495


H: 6.75” Dia: 6″ | FREE SHIPPING!

This two thousand year old heavy wine vessel called a Hu is covered in a dark-green lead glaze used often during the Han dynasty for burial items called mingqia variety of which were placed in tombs to provide comfort to the deceased in their afterlife. With a characteristic elegant hu shape, it rests on a wide foot and rises to a minimally decorated globular body with low relief horizontal bars, a wide tapering neck and is topped by a wide flaring bowl-like mouth. Its underside, like most, was left unglazed.


Hu vessels, first made in the Shang Dynasty is an ancient-pottery wine vessel whose body swells in the middle, flares into a narrow neck and often has a raised circular foot. Very popular during the Han dynasty, it was used as an ancestral tomb burial object (mingqi) to hold liquids and elixirs for the deceased soul and assure its comfort in the afterlife. This vessel is a mould made earthenware red clay and has an unglazed interior. It is minimally decorated with horizontal bars in relief and has three spur marks on the rim indicating it may have been fired upside down in the kiln to insure particles from the ground would not stick to the glaze. The characteristic dark green results from applying a low-fired lead glaze over a slip with a high iron content. The jar is in very fine condition with no restorations or repairs. It has an indentation on one side, probably a firing error, and some fading consistent with age and burial in a dry tomb.

Additional information

Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 in
Place of Origin



Ancient, Han Dynasty


206 BCE-220 CE

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 6.75” Dia: 6”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 17.14cm Dia: 15.24cm


2lb 6oz


Very good, losses from wear and use, no restorations/repairs

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