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Chinese Han Earthenware Cocoon Jar With Swirling Cloud Motif, 202BC - 220AD

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Jar in the shape of silkworm cocoon decorated with a swirling cloud motif, 202BC – 220AD
Glazed earthenware
Ex Ming Gallery. This painted earthenware vessel was a funerary offering in a Han Dynasty tomb, one of a suite of goods that accompanied the deceased into the afterlife. The jar rests on a raised foot ring and its narrow neck suggest it was meant to held liquids, probably 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 motif, evoking the celestial realm and the Taoist immortal paradise.


- abrasions, glaze loss, and stain; chips and wear.


12.0" W x 10.75" H x 7.25" D

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