Very Rare Chinese Han Dynasty Pottery Amphora (206 BC - AD 220)
This rare and interesting pottery jar was made during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220), possibly a little earlier. Although many "anthropomorphic" examples are known (those with the "swirls" to the body possibly representing the female form), examples such as this are extremely rare, and unlike most other similar examples this has a flat base. Another difference is the lack of incised lines below the mouth, although both handles do have markings similar to other more "fully formed" examples. It is relatively highly-fired and has a smooth burnished surface. Whether or not it is an earlier proto-type, or made by a potter who wanted to differ from other potters making such jars, we shall never know! Interestingly, on the base and lower body are rusty deposits showing that this jar lay alongside an iron object during its long burial.
Height 16.5 cm (6.5 inches). Condition is exceptional with no sign of restoration or repair.
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