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

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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.

Condition report:

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.