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A Chinese Warring States Vessel  - circa 481-256 B.C.
This is a handsome Chinese pottery jar of ovoid form with everted rim dating from the Warring States period of China - see footnote. It is 6 3/4" high - 5 1/2" diameter at the top - 8 1/4" diameter at the shoulder - and 6 1/2" diameter at the base. It is unglazed and is decorated on the exterior with an overall linear geometric net pattern having earthen surface deposits. This would have been accomplished by pressing a net-like fabric into the still moist clay prior to firing.

The piece is in remarkably good condition considering that it is over 2000 years old - there are some minor rim flakes, otherwise it is intact. In fact, this is not all that remarkable since it was a burial piece and managed to survive despite being excavated.

Footnote: The Warring States period (also known as the Era of Warring States)is a period in ancient China following the Spring and Autumn period and concluding with the victory of the state of Qin in 221 BC, creating a unified China under the Qin Dynasty. Different scholars use dates for the beginning of the period ranging between 481 BC and 403 BC, but Sima Qian's date of 475 BC is most often cited. The Warring States Period was an era when regional warlords annexed smaller states around them and consolidated their power. The process began in the Spring and Autumn Period, and by the 3rd century BC, seven major states had emerged as the dominant powers in China.



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