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Jar with Two Handles


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Two-handled jars are known from western Sichuan to the far southern province of Yunnan, excavated primarily from slate tombs located along rivers. They are believed to have been made by the Qiang, a tribal people likely from the northern steppes who traveled south to the Dian region, in present-day Yunnan Province. The present example is inlaid with bronze on its upper body and handles, indicating its exceptional status (plain examples are far more common). The twin handles reflect nomadic forms, while the metal inlays indicate the influence of sedentary agricultural societies to the southwest.

Jar with Two Handles, Burnished earthenware inlaid with bronze, China

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