AGE: – Han Dynasty 206 BC – 220 AD
CONSTRUCTION: – Earthenware
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Earthenware Ding – good condition
HEIGHT: – 24cm
WEIGHT:– 5.5 kg.
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Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Earthenware Ding – (Western Han 206 BC – 9 AD) – (Eastern Han 25- 220 AD). The Han Dynasty spanned a period of four centuries. It was the second imperial dynasty of China.
During the Eastern Zhou and leading up into the Han Dynasty, belief systems and competing philosophic practices in relation to rituals concerning the departed were ever changing.
Mingqi also referred to as “spirit objects” were created in many different shapes and forms using different materials such as clay, bronze, jade, gold and silver.
Despite the two thousand years of burial this Chinese Han Dynasty Mingqi Earthenware vessel still shows a lot of detail in the artwork. There are three sturdy legs with the face of bear facing outwards, at least that is what I think they are. A geometric pattern in white decorates the rim of the main body and a floral pattern decorates the lid with five pink and white heart motifs in the centre.