Rare Large Chinese Han Dynasty Burnished Pottery Amphora (206 BC- AD 220)
A superbly conceived design; jars of this general type have been found in excavations dating as far back as the Spring and Autumn Period (770-475 BC). Although perhaps not obviously Chinese in design, this type of vessel is one of the most iconic forms of Han Dynasty pottery and is thought by many archaeologists to be anthropomorphic, with the shape and "swirling" design of the main body based on the female human form.
This particular example was made some 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220). It has a smooth burnished surface. There are bands of incised decoration to both sides of the neck and the recessed base. Each handle has two impressed "dimples" and curved incised bands at each end. There are yellowish "rust" like deposits on the surface in places, suggesting this vessel lay alongside an iron object during its long burial.
Height 28 cm (11 inches). Such jars of this size are particularly rare and desirable; most known examples are considerably smaller. They invariable have some degree of restoration or repair, as has this example, but any repair has been performed to a good standard; a nice example in good presentable condition.
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