Han Dynasty Globular Jar with Incised Fish


A finely potted brown-grey earthenware jar, dating from the Chinese Han Dynasty period. The vessel features a flat base, a globular body and a raised, flattened rim. A large stylised fish is etched on one side of the vessel, and two smaller ones on the other. Fish have a strong symbolic meaning in the Chinese tradition. The Chinese word for fish can also be translated into abundance, hence attributing it to the fish themselves. This quaint little jar was likely used as a household storing vessel.

Date: Circa 202 BC-220 AD
Period: Han Dynasty
Provenance: The C. Roger Moss OBE collection. The late C. Roger Moss OBE was a renowned art collector who, throughout the years, thanks to his determination and enthusiasm, was able to create an outstanding collection of artworks, most prominently from China and the Orient, but also from other cultures.
Condition: Very fine, the surface features some scratches and indentations filled with earthly encrustations.


SKU: CS-201 Category: Tags: ,

The Han Dynasty was the second imperial dynasty of China and its art is notable for aiming to give form to everyday people and objects. It was a period of significant economic growth, and this facilitated discovery and innovation: technical possibilities in the arts increased as a result, enabling artists to push boundaries. The art of the Han dynasty is largely decorative, a shift away from the functional, ritualistic art of the previous Qin dynasty. 

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Weight 170 g
Dimensions L 6 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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