Chinese Han Dynasty Glazed Pottery Model of a Stove
This pottery model of a stove was made during the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25 - 220). It is made from five sections that have been luted together. The top section includes three small bowls and moulded kitchen utensils / ingredients, including a brace of birds. It has been coated in a green lead glaze, much of which has acquired a silvery iridescence, a result of long burial in damp conditions.
Length 25 cm (9.75 inches), height 13 cm (5 inches). There is surface wear, chips to the edges, a small repaired chip at the edge of one of the "bowls" and a hairline crack that extends from one end across part of the upper surface. But bearing in mind this object's great age, condition is actually very good.
For information: similar examples are shown in the fine Southeast Asian Ceramic Society book "Spirit of Han, Ceramics for the After-Life", a highly recommended book for any collector of Han Dynasty ceramics.
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