Large Chinese Western Han Dynasty Burnished Pottery Cocoon Jar
This superbly-shaped pottery jar was made some 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 example has eight bands of incised lines that surround the body vertically as well as decorative bands around the neck. The surface is finely-burnished making it very smooth to the touch. In places are faint traces of various coloured pigments.
A good size with a height of 30 cm (11.75 inches) and length of 34.5 cm (13.5 inches). Condition is very good with a just a couple of ancient chips to the rim and base edges but no sign of any repair or restoration.
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