Ear cups were originally used only in ceremonies (Li Qi) back in the Zhou Dynasty. Later, the form became popular in Han dynasty and on into the Jin and Northern and Southern Dynasties, and it was used for wine drinking in daily life. The pair of lead glazed earcups that we also have listed were produced for burial purposes, but this example would have been used by the living. The oval body has an ear-shaped handle on both sides. It is coated with a crackled jade green celadon glaze that already looks forward to the Yueyao production of the late Tang and Early Song.
Size: l: 12.9 cm, w: 8.5 cm, h: 3.4cm
Condition: Good, some fritting to the inner rim. Price: $380.