AGE: – Han Dynasty 202 BC – 220 AD
CONSTRUCTION: – Earthenware
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Han Dynasty Earthenware Mingqi Funerary Vessel
HEIGHT: – 17.5cm
WEIGHT:– 2.85 Kg.
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Chinese Han Dynasty Earthenware Mingqi Funerary Vessel – During the Han Dynasty there was a huge demand in the production of this style of utilitarian earthenware vessels made specifically .
Many Han Dynasty wares are seen with an un-glazed dark greyish/black earthenware body, painted with coloured pigments. Just about any type of object used in daily life during that period was manufactured purely for burial purposes both in miniature and life size form. The production of these Mingqi ware created a thriving industry which lasted a few hundred years, up until the Ming Dynasty when the practice of placing objects such as these into the burial chamber with the deceased became less popular.
The general population during this time experienced a raised standard of living which made these type of Mingqi funerary objects affordable grave objects for the average person.
Geometric designs and scenes from daily life were frequently painted onto the body of the vessel to resemble lacquer. Glazed objects were more expensive to produce and usually only made for those who could afford it. Many objects were made to resemble the more expensive bronze vessels which were only utilized as grave goods by the upper class.
Prior to the Han Dynasty it was a common practice to bury the dead with their servants or concubines.