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Burnished Amphora with Bronze Fittings, China, Late Warring States Period-early Han Dynasty, 476-221 BCE. Estimate $12,000 – $15,000. Photo Artemis Gallery.

This boldly modeled and very large ovoid shaped amphora is embellished with unusual bronze appliques. This wonderful modernistic shape which mixes well with modern art is a bit of a mystery since usually Chinese art forms are repeated dynasty after dynasty. This shape was only used during the Late Warring States period through early Han Dynasty. Some theorists suggest import by foreign peoples, but the only comparable shape is a bronze version of much later date from Japan. It is a spectacular piece if displayed on a pedestal. We can help the buyer find an appropriate pedestal for its enhancement. Wide strap handles. Flared neck has 3 linear bands around exterior and concentric circular combed bands on interior of neck. Bottom has cross hatching. Size: 12-1/4″H.

Provenance: Acquired by present owner from an old New York collection.

Artemis Gallery LIVEAntiquities, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art. February 13, 2015