Cocoon vase with painted polychrome decoration
Han dynasty (206 B.C – 220 A.D)
H. 35,5 cm or 14 1/8 in / L. 41 cm or 16 1/8 in
This remarkable vase with its exceptional polychromy is original because of its intriguing shape. Indeed, standing on a small circular base, the vase widens at the level of the body in an oval curve and ends with a narrow neck with thick lips. Thus, this appearance is reminiscent of a silkworm cocoon and also evokes the prosperity linked to the flourishing silk industry under the Han dynasty, the period during which this piece was certainly made. This so-called cocoon vase also has a beautiful painted decoration, consisting of burgundy red bands as well as intermingled scrolls in orange, purple and white tones, which is still remarkably preserved.
This cocoon vase is in very good condition, however, a few small chips are visible on the foot. The polychrome decoration has also been exceptionally well preserved.