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Asian Art

Jar (Hu)

2nd–1st century b.c.e.

Bronze

Height 34.5 cm., width 24.5 cm., diameter at top 12.5-12.8 cm.
Gift of J. Watson Webb, B.A. 1907, and Electra Havemeyer Webb
1940.133
Jars of this shape were made in China as early as the Neolithic period and were used for storage. They remained popular during the Bronze Age and were produced in bronze, clay, and lacquer during the Han dynasty. While the ropelike pattern on the surface is unusual, the masklike ring handles at the sides echo the taotie motif found on vessels throughout the Bronze Age.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Western Han dynasty (206 b.c.e.–8 c.e.)
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.