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Archaic and Imperial Chinat
PAIR OF HU VASES
Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220)

 

Object :
Nº 697
Medium :
Terracotta Ceramic
Dimensions :
Height: 38 cm (14.9")

Beige terracotta vase covered in a thick green glaze. Round and bulbous in shape with narrow shoulders, saucer-shaped mouth and neck that flares upwards. It rests on a pedestal and has two series of thin horizontal lines decorated in relief. Excellent state of preservation. Typical traces of calcification.

The Chinese were a very sagacious people who discovered a wide range of techniques to perfect the art of pottery. With this piece we witness one of their many inventions : the green lead glaze, achieved by mixing feldspar with copper oxide. To obtain this colour the artist would have to use a very well-designed oven with the capacity of reaching a temperature of 800 degrees, something which the West learned how to create much later.