Funerary Jar (Translation)
越窰青瓷堆塑穀倉罐 西晉 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

3rd century
Yue ware; stoneware with green glaze
Overall (with lid): 20 5/8 × 11 3/4 × 11 5/8 in. (52.39 × 29.85 × 29.53 cm)
Overall (without lid): 18 3/4 × 11 3/4 × 11 5/8 in. (47.63 × 29.85 × 29.53 cm)
The elaborate images on this jar show a three-story pavilion surrounded by birds, animals, and people, including entertainers and musicians celebrating the harvest. A visual documentation of social and cultural activities in 3rd-century China, this scene is also associated with hope for continued prosperity in the afterlife. Similar jars have been excavated in present-day Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces in southeastern China.
Western Jin dynasty (265-318)
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
"35th Anniversary Exhibition of the Min Chiu Society", Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1995.
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