Fine Chinese Han Dynasty Pottery Amphora (206 BC - AD 220)
A superbly conceived design; vessels of this general type have been found in tombs dating as far back as the Spring and Autumn Period (770-475 BC) and are thought by some archaeologists to be anthropomorphic, based on the female human form.
This particular example was made some 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220), possibly earlier. This vessel has a smooth burnished surface and particularly well-defined "swirls" to the body making it a real pleasure not only to view, but also to handle. Around the neck are bands of lightly incised combed parallel lines. The surface of each handle is patterned and to the recessed base are irregular incised patterns. The surface colour of the pottery varies a little in places from black to a pale yellowish-brown, this a result of uneven conditions in the kiln during firing.
Height 16.5 cm (6.5 inches). The majority of known examples of this type of vessel often have many repairs. Although possibly not entirely free of repair, this example is in exceptional condition and is one of the finest we have seen, as we hope our photos clearly demonstrate.
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