Fine Large 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 a large example of its type, made from a fine-grained grey pottery and relatively highly-fired, having a distinct ring when tapped. The lower part stands on three long curved legs and has two curved square-cup handles on opposing sides. The upper part is adorned with three moulded appliqués (horses with riders?) that act as feet when the cover is turned upside down, enabling it to serve as a dish. Both upper and lower parts have been decorated by "cold painted" geometric patterns comprising white, orange and pale green pigments. A high proportion of the original coloured pigments still remain. In places on the surface, especially to the legs and underside, are the remains of "mineralised" root/plant growths from its long burial.
Diameter 29.5 cm (11.5 inches), height 23 cm (9 inches). A large and exceptional example in fine condition with no sign of restoration or repair.
Please see also two more Western Han Dynasty painted pottery tripods, stock numbers M9086 & M9087, reported to have come from the same excavation as this example.
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