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東漢 鉛綠釉明器陶井 及汲水桶
Wellhead with Bucket

Period:
Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with green lead glaze
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm); W. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.605.20
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
Most extant Han dynasty pottery consists of tomb furnishings such as this model of a wellhead. Often, these low-fired wares were embellished with a lead glaze with copper added to produce a green color. The silvery iridescence on the surface of this piece is the result of the degradation of the glaze after centuries of burial in a damp environment.
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