Han dynasty well

This is a Han dynasty pottery model of a well. It is 30 cm tall, and is glazed with a green lead glaze. The glaze is degraded and shows irrisation.
It is decorated with two dragon heads. On the rim stands a water jar, the well head has no bottom.



Similar examples are in the Asian art museum in San Francisco Object ID: B65P49 , British Museum 1936,1012.8 , Freer SacklerFSC-P-4269  and in the Staatliche Museum fur volkerkunde in Munchen .

well4Models with a two-storied pavilion and an attached jar have been found in northern tombs from the middle to late Eastern Han.


The roof stands were broken off, but everything is original. I bought it on an internet auction for a good price. There was only a tiny picture shown, and it was from a first time seller. So I took a risk, that turned out great.

well5 collection nr; 10-2011

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