The Warring States Period was an era in ancient Chinese history marked by divisions and wars. This period ended with the Qin Dynasty, the first Chinese dynasty of unified China. The majority of pieces recovered from the Warring States Period testify an interest in functional and utilitarian items rather than purely aesthetic ones. Earthenware vessels, such as this fine example, were potted to emulate more expensive bronze vessels used to store food and goods.
Chinese Eastern Zhou Jar from the Warring States Period
An extremely fine and well preserved example of a Chinese Eastern Zhou earthenware jar dating to the Warring States period. The vessel features a flattened base, a compressed, globular body, leading to a wide mouth, and two applied handles, modelled from two strands of clay. The vessel’s surface appears decorated with the characteristic impressed and carved crosshatched pattern, rendered through the use of a paddle. Further enrichment includes two moulded double-spirals, one at each side of the vase. Vessels of this type would have been created to imitate more expensive bronze vessels, and were intended as burial goods to be placed in the grave with the deceased.
Period: Eastern Zhou, Warring States
Condition: Extremely fine, with signs of ageing to the surface.