A jar of this type excavated in Xinxiangxian, Henan province is illustrated in Historical Relics Unearthed in New China, Beijing, 1972, pl. 87. Compare a jar with very similar decoration illustrated by Frances Klapthor, Chinese Ceramics, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1993, p. 4; and another included in the exhibition, Spirit of Han, Ceramics for the After-Life, Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, Singapore, 1991, no. 17.
Similar examples have sold in these rooms, 2 December 1986, lot 24 and another from the Scheinman Collection, 23 March 1995, lot 21.