Very Rare Chinese Western Han Dynasty Incised Pottery Jar
This attractively-shaped pottery jar was made during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 8). It is quite "heavily-potted" and made from a relatively highly-fired grey pottery. It has a burnished surface that has been decorated with many bands of ridges and incised lines surrounding the base, body and neck. Those of you familiar with Western Han cocoon jars will note the similarity; this is almost a "vertical" version of an incised Western Han cocoon jar.
Height 22 cm (8.5 inches). There is a surface chip to the body and possibly repairs to a chipped base edge. To the lower body are hairline cracks which do not affect the integrity of the vessel.
For information; we bought this jar for our personal collection around 20 years ago and we have not previously offered it for sale. We are not claiming this jar to be unique, although we have certainly never seen another jar like it.
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