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Cocoon-shaped Hu

Tags: ceramics | Han dynasty | National Palace Museum | vessel | Warring States Period


Warring States (475-221 BC) to Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) period
Height: 32 cm, body circumference: 98.8 cm 
This piece of black pottery has a body in the shape of a silkworm cocoon. The outer surface of the vessel is decorated with multiple sets of parallel lines, in between which are engraved ninety characters of a poem written by the Ch'ien-lung Emperor (r. 1736-1795). The vessel was originally used for storing alcoholic beverages.

Text: Yang Mei-li

Text and images are provided by National Palace Museum