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Green-Glazed Tripod, Han Dynasty

Green-Glazed Tripod, Han Dynasty

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Han Dynasty green-glazed tripods are comparatively rare, especially ones that have retained their structural integrity and glaze over millennia. Pieces in good condition are scarce because they have often been buried with the deceased as part of funerary practices, subjected to the ravages of time underground.

Period : Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)
Type : Green-Glazed
Medium : Earthenware
Height : 6.8cm
Provenance : The piece was acquired in Hong Kong in the year 1999.
Reference : THE MET Accession Number: 26.292.83
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/44792

 

* Han Dynasty Pottery

Han Dynasty pottery, originating from one of China's most significant historical periods (202 BCE – 220 CE), is renowned for its technological and artistic achievements in ceramic production. These artifacts typically feature a distinctive green celadon glaze, although other colors were also used. The pottery often includes intricate decorative motifs, such as animals, mythological figures, and geometric patterns.

The craftsmanship during the Han Dynasty was advanced, with pottery techniques that were innovative for the time. These pieces were not only utilitarian but also held ceremonial and symbolic significance. The shapes and designs of Han Dynasty pottery vary, including items like urns, vases, and figures, reflecting both the daily life and the spiritual beliefs of the period.

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