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Knobbed Pottery Case with Three Sheep and Engraved Flowers
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Made from clay, this pottery case takes on the shape of a flat ball. A knob with a ring rests on the top of the lid. Two rings protrude from the lid, with persimmon-base patterns adorning the inside of the rings. On the rings lies three sheep with their heads facing backwards. Feather and banana leaf patterns cover the lid’s surface. Two symmetrical animal head holding rings extend from the belly of the case, with more banana leaf decorations. The ringed foot curves outwards. This pottery case with three sheep and engraved flowers has a wholesome look. Ornamented with adhering embossed decorations and engraving techniques, it vividly portrays local traits. With its complex and intricate design as well as exquisite workmanship, this case is a fine specimen of Han Dynasty pottery ware.

History of the Object
Guangxi has a long history of pottery making. The pottery relics from Zengpi Cave of Guilin City date back to the Neolithic age and are some of the earliest pottery ware found in China. Lingnan (area south of the five mounts) society and culture developed greatly during the Qin and Han Dynasties, and this growth is reflected in the pottery made then.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Pottery 
Measurements
Diameter of Mouth 22 cm, Diameter of Bottom 16.4 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 1st century ~ AD 3rd century 
Creation date
1st Century - 3rd Century; Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) 
Function
For Daily Use 
Acquisition
Archaeological Excavation 
Copyright
The Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Nanning 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Nanning 
Museum
The Museum of Guang Xi Zhuang Autonomous Region 
Credit line
The Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Nanning 

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