Fine Chinese Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Cocoon Jar with Oxford TL Test
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 29.5 cm, length 32 cm. It retains exceptional amounts of its original pigment and is free from any restoration or repair although there are minor chips to the edge of the foot.
As with many of our finer and rarer items, 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 confirms the antiquity of this tile item is shown with our images. This confirms the date of manufacture as "between 1600 and 2500 years ago".
See also our other jar (stock number MB108) that came from the same excavation as this jar.
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