Chinese Western Han Dynasty Burnished Pottery Cocoon Jar
This superbly-shaped pottery jar was made over 2,000 years ago during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 8). The shape, named after its similarity to the silkworm cocoon, evolved during the late Warring States period (475 - 221 BC) and then generally died out by the middle of the Western Han. This is a very nice example and has a finely-burnished surface making it very smooth to the touch. However, in places the burnished surface has "delaminated". The surface colour varies in places from a dark silvery-grey to a pale grey, a result of uneven conditions in the kiln during firing. The base is a little misshapen from when the clay was still soft. It has been decorated with eleven bands of triple-incised lines that surround the body vertically as well as decorative ridges around the neck and base.
Height 28 cm (11 inches), length of body 29.5 cm (11.5 inches). It is in fine condition with just a few very minor chips to the rim and bases edges and no sign of any restoration or repair.
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