the cylindrical body supported on three legs molded as foreigners, carved to the exterior with a central groove between two wider bands and pendant triangles painted below the rim, the conical cover painted with green swirls below four concentric rings deeply carved between impressed geometric motifs, all below three shell-shaped stubs to the top and picked out in a grass-green glaze reserved on a warm amber ground
Han vessels applied with both green and amber glazes on a single piece are extremely rare. Compare a similar example in the Tenri Museum, Nara, Japan, illustrated in Sekai toji Zenshu, vol. 8, Tokyo, 1955, pl. 13; another in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. I, pl. 57; and one in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, Kodansha Series, vol. 10, fig. 20. See also a similar pair sold at Christie's London, 7th December 1992, lot 7.
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