Fine Chinese Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Cocoon Jar
This fine-quality pottery "cocoon" jar was made some 2,000 years ago during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 8). The shape, named after its similarity to the silkworm cocoon, evolved during the late Warring States period (475 - 221 BC) and then generally died out by the middle of the Western Han. It is made from a relatively highly-fired fine-grained grey pottery and has been decorated by "cold painting" a variety of different coloured pigments in a design featuring cloud patterns within vertical bands.
This is quite a large example with a height of 29 cm, length 33 cm. It retains very good amounts of its original pigment and is free from any restoration or repair although there are minor chips to the edges of the mouth and a surface chip to the upper body, most likely caused during excavation.
This jar is reported to have come from the same excavation as our other jar (stock number MB110) that we have had Oxford TL tested. This particular jar has not been TL tested although that can be arranged for an additional fee.
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