These ear cups - erbei - originally coated with a green lead glaze, have developed a very attractive iridescence over many years of burial. This form, used for drinking wine, was made in a variety of different materials in the eastern Han Dynasty (25-220CE), bronze, jade, glass, lacquer, and, of course, ceramics. These two cups are moulded on the exterior with a wave pattern and a saw tooth band below the rim, imitating the decoration on a bronze model.
Length: 11 and 11.5 cm.
Condition: One is intact, the other repaired. They both have the usual glaze chips along the rim and around the impressions of the supports on which they were fired.
Price: USD $1080; CAD $1400 (13% HST will be applied on all sales in Canada)