Fine Chinese Western Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Cocoon Jar with Oxford TL Test (206 BC - AD 8)
This fine quality pottery "cocoon" jar was made some 2,000 years ago during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 8). It is made from a fine-grained grey pottery that is relatively highly-fired. It has been decorated by cold-painting various coloured pigments with a design of swirling cloud patterns within vertical and geometric bands. The paint does not extend all around the jar - this is intentional, as though the painted decoration were intended to be viewed from above. It is larger and of finer quality than many other known similar Han painted cocoon jars. This jar retains a very high percentage of pigment, all of which is original.
Cocoon jars were used for the storage of grain. Inside this jar are the faint traces, and marks within the remaining burial soil, and on the inner wall, of that grain, most likely millet.
Height 28.5 cm (11.25 inches), length 32.5 cm (12.75 inches). There is of course some degree of surface wear, but there is no sign of restoration or repair; this really is an exceptional example in fine condition.
As with many of our finer items, we have had this vessel tested by Oxford Authentications, the only testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this item is shown with our pictures; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 1500 and 2400 years ago".
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