A GLAZED CERAMIC OVOID VASE, JIANXINGHU
China, Han dynasty
The oval body marked by a series of groups of thin parallel vertical incisions, the outer surface covered with a greyish glaze.
24,5 cm high
Provenance: Fabrizio Savi collection, acquired from Brian Page, Brighton, United Kingdom, between 1995 and 2000.
The shape of this kind of vase is inspired by that of the silkworm cocoons. During the Han dynasty, silk was a very precious material also used as currency of exchange. Containers like this could therefore also be used in rituals related to sericulture. A vase similar to this is in the Victoria and Albert Museum of London (inv. C.887-1936).