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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1st century-3rd century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red earthenware with green lead glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 1, shelf 1

Physical description

Vase of slender baluster shape with tall spreading foot faceted, contracted neck, and spreading mouth; two monster-mask handles with fixed rings; flat base with thread-mark. Red earthenware with mottled green lead glaze. Ornamented with wheel rings on the body and shoulder and incised wavy bands on the neck and lip.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1st century-3rd century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Red earthenware with green lead glaze


Height: 32.4 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, red earthenware with green lead glaze, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st century-3rd century AD

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ayers, John. Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1980, Monochrome Plate No. 12

Production Note



Earthenware; Lead glaze


Glazed; Incised

Subjects depicted

Wave pattern


Ceramics; Earthenware


East Asia Collection

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