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A Very Good Qin or Han Dynasty Cocoon Jar

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 936547
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From our Early Chinese Collection, a very good Qin or Han Dynasty (221 BC- 220 AD) cocoon jar, of well-known and documented form, constructed of a grey earthenware body with sets of incised lines running vertically across the piece, a set of bands encircling the neck, and with the entire surface worked very smooth with burnishing tools. Numerous identical pieces of varying size have been published throughout the secondary literature, one such example appearing in Suzanne Valenstein's, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, page 44, item 38.

Size and Condition: 10 inches tall, 10 inches long, 6 inches deep. 2 chips to the underside of the mouthrim, one chip to the footrim, and a small hole which is an original firing flaw and not damage.