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Funerary Urn (Hunping)

Period:
Western Jin dynasty (265–316)
Date:
ca. 3rd century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with green glaze
Dimensions:
H. 17 7/8 in. (45.4 cm); W. 11 15/16 in. (30.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.165.21
  • Description

    The funerary urn is a vessel type that is generally limited to the area south of the Yangzi River corresponding to northern Zhejiang and southern Jiangsu Provinces. The type dates from about 250 to 300. This magnificent example, with olive green glaze covering the porcelain body, presents a rich assortment of modeled figures and architecture in a tiered arrangement. Of particular interest is the row of the meditative Buddhas seated on lion thrones with lotus petals-among the earliest Buddhist images known in China.

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