LARGE Chinese Warring States Pottery Jar with Oxford TL Test (475 - 221 BC)
This exceptionally large and impressive pottery jar was made during the Warring States period (475 - 221 BC). It is made from a fine-grained grey pottery, relatively highly-fired, having a distinct ring to it when tapped. It has a wide mouth with a thick rolled rim. It is decorated simply, yet effectively, with raised bands surrounding the body just above its waist. Just above the concave base is a small purpose-made drain hole, presumably a drain hole. In places on the surface are the marks left by, and the remains of ancient root/plants growths as well as calcified deposits from its long burial.
Height 48 cm (19 inches), diameter 54 cm (21.25 inches). It is in exceptional condition with no sign of restoration or repair; truely an exceptional and very fine example.
We have had this jar 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 jar is shown; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 1700 and 2600 years ago".
This item is available to view at our gallery.
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