Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee
206 BC - 220 AD (made)
Funerary jar, earthenware with lead glaze, China, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)
China, room 44
Eastern Han dynasty
This lidded jar is shaped like the Bo Mountain, a paradise inhabited by immortals and mythical animals.
Earthenware with yellow lead glaze
Museum no. C.819-1936 
Cylindrical earthenware jar with three legs in the form of bears and lid in the shape of a mountain, decorated with a yellowish brown lead glaze. The surface of the jar has a frieze depicting tigers, monkeys, deers, birds and archers on horses; round the lid is a wave pattern rising in four points.
This earthenware jar was made and used during the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) as a funerary object. The surface is decorated with a frieze depicting animals and archers; the lid is in the shape of a mountain emerging from the waves and probably referring to the mythical Penglai, or Island of Immortals, a place that the deceased were supposed to reach after death.