Cocoon-shaped flaskArtist(s)ChineseArtist NationalityChinese (culture or style)Object Creation Date206 BCE-25 CEMedium & Supportearthenware with mineral paintDimensions
10 1/4 in x 10 1/2 in x 7 1/4 in (26.04 cm x 26.67 cm x 18.41 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut SternSubject matter
Gray earthenware jian xing hu
(茧形壶) cocoon-shaped jars were made for storing "wine," or rather millet ale. The form is rarely seen outside of the Qin and Han dynasties. These types of polychrome painted hu
jars were made in northern workshops of the Western Han dynasty (206 BCE-25 CE) as funerary storage vessels to supply for the afterlife. They have been found in the tombs primarily in Shaanxi, Shanxi, Hebei, and Henan provinces. The scrolling cloud design, thought to be an auspicious motif with the power to ward off evil spirits, is the predominant decoration on Han artifacts and can be found in all media. Polychrome painted earthenware ceramics were found primarily in aristocratic and elite tombs. Physical Description
A gray, horizontal, ovoid-shaped earthenware jar on a tall, circular flaring footring. It has a tall circular flaring neck and an everted rim with articulation. Painted on the body in vertical bands are scrolling cloud and diamond motifs in red, pink, black and white mineral pigments. Primary Object Classification Ceramic Primary Object TypejarAdditional Object Classification(s)CeramicCollection AreaAsianRights
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