Western Han Dynasty Cold Painted Earthenware Lid | China, 1 BC – AD 8¥13,000 (tax included)
Hemisphere-shaped cold painted earthenware that was fired in the Western Han Dynasty. Probably it is a lid of scatula or tripod vessel used as a grave goods.
The drawings seem the clouds that was favored at the time, covered with yellow pigment overall and decorated with vermillion pigment. The yellow color is the most virturous color as color of soil, and vermillion is the color of purging noxious vaporsso, it presumed that it is used for noble person’s grave. The body itself was disintegrated.
Since it was in the soil, there was adhesion of soil and peeling of the pigment, but there was no other notable damage.
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