Chinese Earthenware Han Dynasty Cocoon Jar
AGE: – Han dynasty 206 BC – 220 AD
CONSTRUCTION: – Earthenware
HEIGHT: – 30cm
WIDTH: – 34cm
DEPTH: – 21cm
WEIGHT: – 2.75 Kg.
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Grey-coloured Chinese Earthenware Han Dynasty Cocoon Jar with orange and white painted swirl motives still remaining. Although a jar such as this is generally believed to have been used to hold liquids, it was possibly never used in daily life for this purpose, but instead more than likely made to accompany a deceased person into the afterlife.
Considering that it would have been awkward to pour liquids from a vessel such as this and that the Chinese from early times placed great importance on symbolism in life and in death, the most likely reason for the manufacture of a shape such as this is because it perhaps resembles the shape of a silkworm cocoon. The silkworm and the manufacturing of silk played a major role in the economy of China since very early times.