A Chinese pottery Cocoon jar, Han Dynasty
Dimensions: 12.25 x 13 x 8.5 inches (31.1 x 33.0 x 21.6 cm)
This painted earthenware likely was a funerary offering in a Han Dynasty tomb, one of a suite of goods that accompanied the deceased into the afterlife. The vessel rests on a raised foot ring and its narrow neck suggest it was meant to held liquids, perhaps wine, to accompany the deceased on their journey. It’s barrel-shaped form represents a silkworm’s cocoon, referencing the importance of the silk industry to the Han Dynasty economy. The vessel is decorated with a repeating cloud-scroll (yunwen) motif, evoking the celestial realm and the Taoist immortal paradise.
Earthenware with polychrome painted decoration
Han Dynasty, ca. 221 BC – 220 AD
Condition Report: Adherence of dirt, flaking of glaze throughout, minor chips on rim and foot, overall wear commensurate with age and use.
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