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10th century Song dynasty Chinese white glazed hunping vase 57cm tall. Pinyin: Húnpíng, translated as soul jar or soul vase, is a type of ceramic funerary urn often found in the tombs of the Han dynasty and especially the Six Dynasties periods of early imperial China. It was characteristic of the Jiangnan region in modern southern Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. The purpose of a hunping is somewhat enigmatic, but archaeologists suggest that they may have been used as containers for fruit accompanying the deceased into the afterlife. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the ancients may have hoped that the soul of the deceased would eventually reside in the vessel.Since the last decades of the Han Dynasty, the top of hunping vessels started to be decorated with miniature sculptures of men, animals, birds, etc. Gradually, sculptural compositions became more elaborate, including images of entire buildings. Provenance: Collection from retired antique dealer of Odiham, he used to trade oriental antiques since 1960s, and his antique shop has closed by 2018. We take great care packaging every order to ensure each item arrives safely. We try our very best to reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging to help save the environment. Mistake or damage can happen. If you found your order is not same as my description, we accept return, just keep the original condition and send it back to sender address. If you found parcel has been opened or damaged, please do not accept the parcel and request return. If you found your item has been damaged, please take photo in details, we will confirm that and accept return. Please leave a feedback when you received the item within 72 hours.
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