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Large Chinese Han Dynasty Cocoon Jar (with etched Chinese characters)
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Large Chinese Han Dynasty Cocoon Jar (with etched Chinese characters)


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1339953

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Large Chinese Western Han Dynasty Burnished Pottery Cocoon Jar (with etched Chinese characters)

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 is quite "heavily-potted" and has ten bands of incised lines that surround the body vertically as well as raised decorative bands around the neck and foot. The surface is finely-burnished making it very smooth to the touch. In places on the surface are the marks left by ancient plant/root growths during its long burial.

Most unusual, and not immediately obvious, is a short column of etched Chinese characters in the centre of one side of the body.

A good size with a height of 30 cm (11.75 inches) and length of 33 cm (13 inches). Although a nice looking example, it does have faults; there are chips to the underside of the rim edge and stabilised cracks in places.

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