Fine & Rare Large Chinese Han Dynasty Glazed Granary Jar with Cover
This rare pottery model of a granary was made some 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220). It is coated in a very attractive amber glaze that varies slightly in colour around the vessel. The unusual shoulder and top presumably represent a two-tier tiled roof. It has its original cover with moulded floral pattern and two purpose-made holes. We know from two other similar examples we have from the same excavation that a pottery bird would originally have stood located in these holes, but that, unfortunately, has long since been lost. Shining a torch inside the vessel reveals fine networks of ancient plant/root growths still adhering to the inner wall, and also a few traces of the original contents, most likely millet.
Height 33 cm (with cover in place). There is no sign of restoration or repair; a very rare vessel in fine condition.
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