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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Chin or early Western Han dynasty
Title: Cocoon-shaped Jar
Creation Start Date: -19
Creation End Date: -10
Creation Date: 2nd century B.C. - 2nd century B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: painted grey pottery
Dimensions: H.12-1/8 x W.13 x D.8 in.
Inscriptions: DEALER'S STICKERS
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 95.40
Credit Line: Gift of Ellen and Fred Wells
Silk production, from the rearing of silkworms to weaving silk cloth, was an important source of income to Chinese farming families. This type of jar with its elegant cocoon shape was extremely popular during the Chin (221-206 b.c.) and Han periods. Jars like this may have been used in the ritual practices of sericulture as the rearing of silkworms was fraught with superstitions during the Han period.
AMICA ID: MIA_.95.40
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights:
? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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