A Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Pottery Vase, Han Dynasty, ca. 200 BCE - 200 CE
While ceramics undoubtedly served utilitarian functions, they were also used as funerary objects. During the Han dynasty, the Chinese often buried their dead with objects they would need in the afterlife. This ceramic jar was made for that purpose. Its painted design is intended to resemble lacquer, an extremely valuable material that was considered a sign of high status. Because it was prohibitively expensive for most families to bury the dead with actual lacquer vessels, ceramic replicas were used instead as a way of conserving financial resources for the living.
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall with areas of iridescence.
Dimensions: Height: 10 inches (25.4 cm)
Provenance: Private NY collection, acquired in the 1980s.
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