Han Dynasty Painted Earthenware Funerary Vase
AGE: – Han Dynasty 202 BC – AD220
CONSTRUCTION: – Earthenware
HEIGHT: – 48cm
BASE DIAMETER:– 19cm
WEIGHT:– 5.4 Kg.
This is an impressive and beautiful Han Dynasty Painted Earthenware Funerary Vase referred to as “Ming qi”, meaning objects that are placed in a Chinese burial chamber with a deceased person to accompany them into the afterlife, giving the departed soul a sense of familiarity with that which he was accustomed to in his living existence.
This earthenware vase is in excellent condition, with a long neck and flared trumpet-shaped mouth decorated in a geometric white cold-painted design around the body. Swirly cloud patterns in red, white, and blue decorate the lower part of the vase.
The natural pigments used to paint the vessel are faded but still visible, and the colors mentioned above are still evident.
The paper “Early farming and a Han settlement preserved beneath the Yellow River flood deposits” written by Tristram R. Kidder can be viewed through Academia.