Chinese Han Dynasty Pottery Amphora
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: item # 1108774
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Chinese Han Dynasty Pottery Amphora (206 BC - AD 220)
A superbly conceived design; jars of this general type have been found in excavations dating as far back as the Spring and Autumn Period (770-475 BC). Although perhaps not obviously Chinese in design, this type of vessel is one of the most iconic forms of Han Dynasty pottery and is thought by many archaeologists to be anthropomorphic, with the shape and "swirling" design of the main body based on the female human form.
This particular example was made some 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220). It is relatively highly-fired and quite "heavily-potted". There are bands of incised decoration to both sides of the neck and the recessed base, and patterns to the surface of both handles. It has a smooth burnished surface making it a delight to handle as well as to view. Height 17.5 cm (6.75 inches). As with the majority of such examples, there are faint signs of repair in places, not at all obvious, and all repairs performed to a high standard. Overall a nice example in very good condition.
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