Very Rare Chinese Western Han Dynasty Pottery Amphora
This rare and interesting pottery jar was made during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 8), possibly a little earlier. Although many "anthropomorphic" examples are known (those with the "swirls" to the body possibly representing the female form), examples such as this are extremely rare (this is the only one we have ever seen), and unlike most other similar examples this has a flat base. Another difference is the lack of incised lines below the mouth, although both handles do have markings similar to other more "fully formed" examples. It is relatively highly-fired and has a smooth burnished surface. Our belief is that this is the forerunner to the more well-known anthropomorphic examples. Interestingly, on the base and lower body are rusty deposits showing that this jar lay alongside an iron object during its long burial.
Height 16.5 cm (6.5 inches). Condition is exceptional with no sign of restoration or repair.
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