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Cocoon-Shaped Flask (Jianxinghu)

A work made of buff earthenware with polychrome pigments.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of buff earthenware with polychrome pigments.


Qin or early Western Han dynasty, late 3rd or 2nd century BCE


China, probably Shaanxi or Hunan province

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Arts of Asia


Cocoon-Shaped Flask (Jianxinghu)


China (Artist's nationality:)

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206 BCE–9 CE


Buff earthenware with polychrome pigments


31 × 26 × 21 cm (12 1/4 × 10 1/4 × 8 1/4 in.)

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Gift of Cathay and Joyce Li in memory of James W. Alsdorf

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