Jar with Animal- Mask Handles
vessel was modified from an original bronze Hu shape and was one of the
most popular designs during the Han era. It has incised cloud
patterns around the upper body section and 2 animal-mask handles.
It is covered with a yellowish-brown glaze.
artifact was produced in China during ancient times.
It was brought to Southeast Asia by an ancient Chinese
trading ship and sold among one of
the many thriving Chinese communities living in Southeast Asia. The object probably ended up as a burial
object of a prominent individual.
Centuries later, it was rediscovered by excavators and subsequently acquired by The Chalre Collection through a registered dealer.
artifact is of similar shape and decoration to others produced
in the Han Dynasty period (206 BC - 220 AD). More research will be
required to confirm the age of this piece.
Width or Depth: 25cm
artifact is very close or identical in shape and decoration to some
demonstrated in the following publication: A
Thousand Years of Stoneware Jars.
Other similar or identical examples can be found in publications dealing
specifically with ancient shipwrecks excavations. Good examples
At Sea: The Lena Shoal Junk and The
Pearl Road: Tales of Treasure Ships.
items are also on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London
(UK), the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (USA), the National Museum
of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), the National Museum of the Philippines
throughout the world with diverse collections of Asian ceramics.