Fired ceramic. China, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE)
A perfectly preserved example of this unmistakable, characteristic form from Si-chuan. This vessel basically has the form a hu, is markedly bulbous and the foot somewhat sunken. The neck deviates from the round form and the mouth is also oval, coming to pointed spouts on the narrower sides. Especially large, powerful, arched handles extending from the mouth down to the middle of the vessel. What is special, indeed almost magical, about these vessels are the "large eyes", two eye-like, rimmed circles on each side of the vessel, in which slightly smaller circles are located, pushed somewhat towards the outer edges. On the neck are vertically strung-together notch patterns in three rows, one above the other.
HEIGHT 高 19 CM
Collection of Herbert Keuper, Germany Herbert Keuper (海爾伯特∙科爾泊爾) 收藏，德國 no. 編號 1 – 88 Mr. Keuper has been specializing in Chinese art for decades and has built up his private collection of Chinese art in the course of about 20 trips to China between the 1970s and the early 90s. Every piece he acquired was intensively examined for its authenticity, including with the collaboration of Chinese and German experts. Professionally, Mr. Keuper was active as a dealer of antique Chinese art, always made his acquisitions with great care and thus, in all the years, never had a complaint about the identification of an object. He had a comprehensive collection of over 300 specialized books by renowned authors about Chinese antiques (which could also be offered for sale as a whole). This private collection is now being sold due to reasons of age. Keuper（科爾泊爾）先生，幾十年來專注於中 國藝術，上世紀70年代起到90年代初，在他近 20次的中國旅行中慢慢構建起了自己的中國 藝術收藏。每一件他收藏的物件都是經過中 國及德國專家反複的真品鑒定。Keuper （科 爾泊爾）先生也曾從事過中國古玩買賣，總是 認真仔細地購買，幾十年來從沒有因爲真假 原因被投訴過。他擁有約300本著名作者的 關於中國古玩的專業書籍（此系列書籍也可 進行投標）。這個私人收藏現在出於藏家本人 年紀原因進行出讓。