The hill jar represents the five sacred mountains which form the path between the earth and Paradise. The mountains are filled with animals and magical creatures. This jar could represent either Mount Bo or Mount Kunlun, the two sacred Daoist mountains, and evokes the journey of the deceased to the immortal realms.
The animals of the four directions (sishen) that provide celestial navigation are strategically placed in the valleys between the undulating mountain peaks. The legs of the vessel are formed by auspicious bears, which were popular in Han-dynasty art for their protective power. This particular jar has a great deal of iridescent encrustation, which results from very long exposure of the green lead glaze to water.
- Origin | China
- Dimensions | 6.5"Dia x 7.5"H
- Age | 206BC - 220AD
- Material | Terracotta
- ID | RHS026
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