Chinese Han Dynasty Pottery Amphora
A superbly conceived design; vessels of this general type have been found in tombs dating as far back as the Spring and Autumn Period (770-475 BC) and are thought by some archaeologists to be anthropomorphic, based on the female human form.
This example was made some 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220), possibly earlier, and is particularly "heavily-potted" and is a little misshapen in places. Around the neck are bands of lightly incised combed parallel lines. The "swirls" on the body are well-defined. On the surface of each handle are swirling patterns.
Height 17 cm (6.75 inches). Repairs are often seen on this type of vessel. There are signs of repair to the lower body and base of one handle. For a finer example, please see our item stock number M0981.
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