Vase with polychrome decoration
Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220)
H. 35 cm
This ancient terracotta is a small Hu 壺 vase. It presents a profuse painted decoration, composed of volutes, arabesques. Concentric red circles delineate the different registers of this polychrome decoration.
Resting on an annular foot, this vase with a globular body ends with a neck with a very slightly flared lip.
The polychromy is remarkably well preserved, showing a range of warm, particularly shimmering colours.
This vase is part of the Chinese production of terracotta under the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), whose hegemony corresponds to a very prosperous period of China’s early imperial reigns. This is evidenced by the quantity of terracotta objects, in a spectacular variety of shapes and colours, that the tombs of the period have yielded. This context of discovery leads us to believe that these objects had a ritual as well as a funerary function.