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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.267
Title
Quatrefoil cup with green splashes
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 唐 三彩多曲杯
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
9th-10th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Tang dynasty (618-907) to Five Dynasties period (907-960)
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/143090
Location
Level 1, Room 1600, Early Chinese Art, Arts of Ancient China from the Bronze Age to the Golden Age
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with green splashed lead glaze
Technique
Lead glaze
Dimensions
H. 5.2 x W. 14.1 x D. 9.4 cm (2 1/16 x 5 9/16 x 3 11/16 in.)
Provenance
[J. J. Lally & Co., New York, 2002] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (2002-2006), partial gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2006.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial gift of the Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation and partial purchase through the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.267
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Oblong quatrefoil cup with lobed sides tapering inward to a short quatrefoil foot mirroring the shape of the vessel; molded relief decoration of a fish on the vessel floor and a flower on each of the four walls; white earthenware with lead-fluxed, copper-green splashed glaze over interior and exterior, including the base. Copper-splashed sancai ware. From northern China, Henan, Hebei, or Shaanxi province.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Ding ware cup of the same lobed form with similar molded design of a fish excavated in 1997 from a Tang-dynasty tomb in Jianci village, Quyang county, Hebei province, now in the Hebei Center for Cultural Heritage Preservation. Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 3: Hebei (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 32.
(2) Xing ware cup of the same lobed form with similar molded design of a fish excavated in 1992 from a Tang site in Shushan township, Wuwei county, Chaohu, Anhui province, now in the Wuwei Office for Management of Cultural Relics. See Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 8: Anhui (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 75.
(3) Late Tang green-and-white sancai dish of similar form with molded relief decoration on the floor attributed to the Gongyi kilns in Henan province excavated in 1983 in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, now in the Yangzhou Museum. See Zhongguo taoci quanji [The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics], vol. 5: Sui, Tang [Sui and Tang dynasties] (Shanghai: Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 2000), no. 216, pp. 200 and 287.
Exhibition History

32Q: 1600 Early China II, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

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