Chinese Han Dynasty Unglazed Vase as Petite Library Table Lamp

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A small Chinese Han Dynasty unglazed terracotta jar, 'Hu,' that has been mounted as a library table lamp. Unglazed pottery like this dates to the Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). The vase dimensions are 9.5 in. high x 7 in. diameter.

This vase has a beautiful gray patina with an elongated belly-shape and incised rings around the top and belly. This lamp would be lovely for a kitchen counter or library book shelf. The electrical cable is installed at the base of the lamp pole, so not to damage the jar. Wired for use in the U.S.

The lampshade is handmade in Belgium of fine linen and has a high quality, gold foil inner lining. The lining prevents light from showing through the shade and casts a warm light.


  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    206 BC-220 AD
  • Period
    15th Century and Earlier
  • Materials and Techniques
    Unglazed   Ceramic
  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent condition. We certify the authenticity of this piece and can provide the thermoluminescence analysis report at an additional cost..
    16.88 in. H
    43 cm H
  • Diameter
  • Seller Location
    Wichita, KS
  • Number of Items
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1stdibs seller since 2013

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Located in Wichita, KS

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