Large Chinese Western Han Dynasty Burnished Pottery Cocoon Jar
This superbly-shaped pottery jar was made over 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. This is a very nice example and has a finely-burnished surface making it very smooth to the touch. It has been decorated with ten bands of incised lines that surround the body vertically as well as decorative ridges around the neck and base. On the surface in places are limescale-type burial deposits. These are easily removed but our view is that they should remain as they are part of the jar's very long history.
This is quite a large example with a body length of 34.5 cm (13.5 inches), height 30.5 cm (12 inches). It is in fine condition; there are a few insignificant "nibbles" to the rim edge, but there is no sign of any repair or restoration.
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