Fine Chinese Western Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Ding
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: item # 1185455
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Fine Chinese Western Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Ding Tripod (206 BC - AD 8)
This fine example of a painted pottery ding was made during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 8). It is quite a large example of its type, made from a fine-grained grey pottery and relatively highly-fired, having a distinct ring when tapped. The cover is made incorporating a circular ridge that allows it to be placed upside down and used as a bowl. The lower part stands on three curved legs and has two curved square-cup handles on opposing sides. The lower part has been "cold painted" with an orange band below its rim that also decorates the top of each handle. The cover is much more elaborately decorated in various bands and geometric patterns with white, orange and purple pigments. A high proportion of the original coloured pigments still remain. In places on the surface are the remains of "mineralised" root/plant growths from its long burial.
Diameter 27 cm (10.5 inches), height 17.5 cm (6.75 inches). Minor surface wear and a couple of insignificant chips to the edge. This is a fine example in exceptional condition with no sign of restoration or repair.
Please see also two more Western Han Dynasty painted pottery tripods, stock numbers M9086 & M9088, reported to have come from the same excavation as this example.
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