Han dynasty green glaze HU

This wonderful Hu shape vase is from the Eastern Han dynasty, 25-220 AD.

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This vase is 16 cm in height, and about 12 cm. in diameter. The body is of red clay, as seen in the chips on the bottom.

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The vase is heavy potted, and the rim shows three spur markings. I think it was fired upside down, because of some glaze on the bottom. But it is possible that another piece was stacked on top of it in the kiln.

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The glaze is a green lead glaze, and is crazed finely. It is cleaned extensively, so it looks quite shiny. Some grit is still attached, maybe because it is fired onto it.

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The glaze shows subtle crazing, under magnifying the little parts individually catch the light. These wares were made as grave-goods, the lead based glazes are poisonous.

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