China; Western Han dynasty; 1st c.
A bulging pot made of reddish clay is glazed only in the upper part of the body. Under the narrow mouth are three parallel decorative rings, in accentuated relief emphasized by the dark brown colour of the glaze. Scattered drops of glaze that melted and spilled on the surface in the process of firing can be seen on the lower part of the pot. Two handles with minute openings are attached opposite to each other between the first and the second ring so that the pot could be hung but not carried.