The dramatically shaped flask is decorated on the exterior in white and brown pigments with linear and 'yunqi' (vapour) patterns. It is most popularly known as 'canjian hu' or silkworm cocoon-shaped flask, popular during the Qin-Western Han dynasty.'
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 15 October 2002.
Place where the work was made
late 3 BCE-1 BCE
12.5 cm diam. of mouth; 27.0 x 33.0 cm
Gift of Elisabeth M.Smith 2002
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–13 Mar 2016