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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Funerary model of a well head
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 東漢 青瓷壺陶井
Work Type
1st-2nd century
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Zhejiang Province, Shaoxing
Han dynasty, Eastern Han period, 25-220 CE
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Physical Descriptions
Stoneware with yellow-green celadon glaze
H. 13.7 x Diam. 18.2 cm (5 3/8 x 7 3/16 in.)
[The Chinese Porcelain Company, 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 a fund established by Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane for the purchase of Asian art
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Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Jar like container with flared mouth, wide, compressed body on a flat base, circular openings below the rim, and high-relief geometric decoration perhaps simulating rope; buff stoneware with yellow green glaze over applique molded and incised decoration. Excavated funerary models of water wells resembling the structure and decoration of this piece indicate it was likely a representation of a well head to furnish a tomb.
Compare to:
(1) Earthenware model of a well, the top portion of virtually the same form, applique designs, and circular openings excavated in 1970 from an Eastern Han site at Changleshanpo, Yuhang, Zhejiang province. See Zhongguo taoci quanji [The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics], vol. 3: Qin, Han [Qin and Han dynasties] (Shanghai: Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 2000), no. 97, pp. 112 and 251.
(2) Yue ware celadon glazed jar with very similar applique designs excavated in 1978 from an Eastern Han tomb dated to 175 CE in Nan’ao, Baidu, Fenghua, Zhejiang province. See Li, Jun, ed. Qianfeng cuise: Zhongguo Yueyao qingci [The Splendor of Emerald Green], vol. 1. (Ningbo: Ningbo chubanshe, 2011), 66-67.
(3) Green-yellowish celadon glazed model of a well of related form with similar applique decoration excavated in 1984 from a mid-Eastern Han dynasty brick tomb in Ganquan, Hanjiang county, Yangzhou city, Jiangsu province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 10 (1991): 66, fig. 7.
Publication History

Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art: Recent Acquisitions, auct. cat., The Chinese Porcelain Company (New York, NY, 2002), no. 4, pp. 14-15

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