Chinese Han Dynasty Ming qi Earthenware Ding
AGE: – Han Dynasty 206 BC – 220 AD
CONSTRUCTION: – Earthenware
HEIGHT: – 24cm
DIAMETER: – 29cm
WEIGHT:– 5.5 kg.
Chinese Han Dynasty Ming qi Earthenware Ding – (Western Han 206 BC – 9 AD) – (Eastern Han 25- 220 AD). The Han Dynasty spanned a period of four centuries and was the second imperial dynasty of China that followed the Qin Dynasty.
During the Eastern Zhou and leading up to the Han Dynasty, belief systems and competing for philosophic practices in relation to rituals concerning the departed were ever-changing.
Earthenware Ming qi funerary objects also referred to as “spirit objects” were potted in many different shapes, sizes, and forms using different materials. Other ming qi objects made specifically for burial included bronze vessels, utilitarian-type vessels, jade ornaments and figures, and gold and silver jewelry.
This particular ding-style tri-legged vessel was a very popular style in ancient China and was made to resemble the bronze vessels of the period.
Despite the two thousand years of burial this Chinese Han Dynasty Ming qi earthenware vessel still shows a lot of detail in the artwork. There are three sturdy legs, each with the face of a bear facing outwards, at least that is what we think they look like. A geometric pattern in white decorates the rim of the main body and a floral pattern decorates the lid with five pink and white heart motifs in the centre.
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