Han earthenware celadon glazed hill jar
The hill jar represents the five scared mountains which is the path between the earth and paradise. The scared mountains are filled with animals that live there.
This jar might also represent either Mount Bo or Mount Kunlun, two sacred Daoist mountains, and evokes the journey of the deceased to the immortal realms. The animals of the four directions (sishen) that provide celestial navigation are strategically placed in the undulating peaks of the mountain. The legs of the vessel are formed by auspicious bears, which were popular in Han-dynasty art for their protective power.
Medium earthenware with lead glaze
Place made: China
Dates: 206 B.C.E.-220 C.E. Dynasty: Han dynasty
Dimensions: 10.25 inches tall x 8 inch diameter.
Condition. Excellent with wear commensurate of age and use. Some chips along lid and on peaks.