Large jars such as these have been found in numerous tombs of the Three Kingdoms (Wu) and Western Jin dynasties in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. For a detailed discussion and the chronology of dating for this group, refer to the exhibition Catalogue by Y. Mino and R. Tsiang, Ice and Green Clouds, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1987, p. 74, no. 24, where the authors discuss the possibility that the jars with architectural elements which are not as closely intergrated with the vessel (placed around the outside of it) are perhaps earlier examples. They also discuss the possible derivation of these burial urns from the five-spouted jars of the late Han period.
Compare the very similar jar with related entertainers around the galleried rim excavated in 1972 from Jiangsu province, now in the Jiangsu Provincial Museum and dated to A.D. 276, illustrated in Zhongguo Meishu Quanji; Diaosu Bian (The Great Treasury of Chinese Fine Arts; Sculpture), Beijing, 1988, vol. 3, p. 6, no. 7. Another comparable jar, with Buddhist figures, mythical beasts and monkeys, is illustrated in Zhongguo Taoci Daxi; Gudai Taoci Daquan, Taipei, 1989, p. 350.