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Ancient Chinese Han Dynasty Pottery Terracotta Hu Vase Vessel - 206 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,295) 99.7%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291448522986 A large ancient Chinese Western Han Dynasty pottery hu, dating to 206 BC – 9 AD. The body adorned with confident brushstrokes of green and white depicting a sinous dragon creeping around the outside of the vessel. Sitting upon a ring base, rising to a wide body with short, slightly flaring neck and cut mouth. The original lid preserved. The two appliqued animal masks (taotie), seek to replicate the style of contemporary bronze vessels produced during the period. On close inspection the neck also appears to be painted with highly abstract faces contained in a triangular border. These elegant vases were used as storage vessels for wine and other liquids, and were ultimately intended for use in the afterlife as a show of wealth and status. The shape of this wonderful piece was influenced by far older bronze wine vessels produced for the elite of ancient Chinese society from the late Shang Dynasty through the Warring States. Though hu vessels are often found on the market, it is rare to encounter such a large example with excellent original pigment preservation, the original lid in place and deriving from a prominent private collection. Please note that in some of the images provided (first two and last three) this vessel has been lightly misted with water to accentuate the original pigment. The piece may benefit from cleaning. If you have any questions or require any further images please don't hesitate to contact us.Height including lid: 16 5/8 inches. Condition: Good, restored from large fragments. Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Mr. M. O'Hara (the full name and a picture copy of an oil painting of Mr. O'Hara will be provided to the new purchaser upon request). Mr. O'Hara was a prominent numismatist, author and collector who in later life developed a passion for Chinese terracotta art of the Han - Song period. He sought only the finest examples of their type, buying at a time in the late 1980s when examples without widespread deceptive restorations could still be acquired. ArtAncient purchased the entire collection directly from Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Material: Pottery, Original/Reproduction: Original, Age: 206 B.C. - 9 A.D., Region of Origin: China, Dynasty: Western Han, Vessel Type: Hu

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