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Hill Jar

Creation date: 025-220
Creation place: China

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Type: Ceramic Jar
Medium and Support: Earthenware
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett
Accession Number: 1957.465.a-b
Dimensions: 9 1/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. (23.5 cm x 20.96 cm x 20.96 cm)
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The cover of this ceramic jar is molded in the shape of
a mountain, and figures and animals are depicted in the relief around the jar's body. Hill jars are ceramic substitutes for costly bronzes intended for burial with the dead. The form of a hill jar derives from a covered bronze wine jar called a zun. Elaborate cloud spirals filled with mythological and real animals date back as early as the seventh century BCE, and they invoke a realm of the immortals.
Last Updated: 4/17/2012


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Rare Birds of China: Observed & Imagined , 2/13/1999 - 4/18/1999

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Yu Sung. Selections from the Chinese Collection San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1999
Page Number: 9, Figure Number: 9

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 133

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