Pair of Ancient Chinese Pottery Jars

$ 14,000
  • Description
    Han Dynasty “Fang Hu”
    The term “Fang” is a prefix used to describe a squared-off or faceted variation of a normally rounded form, in this case the Hu wine storage vessel. The extensive polychrome painting that decorates the sides and the lid of this vessel, depicting scrolls and geometric motifs, is quite rare. Seldom do more than traces of pigments survive intact and in this example they retain much of their original brilliance. The patterns may have been inspired by contemporary embroidery and textile patterns, in tune with the fashion of the time. The beautiful Tao Tieh masks, depicting stylized dragons holding handles in their mouths, are noteworthy for their fine relief details and painted highlights. This wine vessel was found interred alongside an elite member of the Han social hierarchy. During the Han Dynasty, it was believed that the afterlife was an extension of our earthly existence. Thus, logically, if we require food and drink to nourish our bodies on earth, we require the same to nourish our souls in the next world. The wine once contained within this Fang Hu has vanished, perhaps consumed during the celestial feasts of the afterlife. While this vessel represents the sophisticated artistic and culinary traditions of the Han, it also symbolizes their religious and philosophical beliefs.
  • More Information
    Period: Pre 18th Century
    Materials: Pottery
    Condition: Good. Some paint loss, small chips
    Creation Date: 206 B.C. - 220 A.D.
    Number of Pieces: 2-3
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional, Ancient Art
    Patterns: Asian/Oriental
    Incollect Reference #: 561751
  • Dimensions
    W. 9.5 in; H. 21 in;
    W. 24.13 cm; H. 53.34 cm;
Message from Seller:

I became interested in the Ceramic Arts; specifically Ancient Chinese Pottery, when my brother Marc; also an art dealer, introduced it to me over 20 years ago. Since then I traveled throughout Asia; including Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea, in search for those special pieces that appeal to the discerning collector, as well as the Designer Market.

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