A black pottery Amphora
Western Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 9)
The jar has a waisted neck and a lozenge-shaped mouth. Two broad loop handles join the rim forming an arcade. Each side is carved with two spiralling motifs. The neck is incised with dense vertical strokes. The handles have similar incised lines below and above two impressed dots. The unglazed material has been burnished to a greyish black sheen.
18.5 cm high
A Dutch private collection
A very similar amphora is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume One, 1994, pl. 65.