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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.197.A-B
Title
Cylindrical tripod vessel (lian) with conical lid
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 西漢 绿釉陶奩
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
1st century BCE-early 1st century CE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Han dynasty, Western Han period, 206 BCE-9 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/173149
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with green lead glaze
Technique
Lead glaze
Dimensions
with cover: H. 25.9 x Diam. 20 cm (10 3/16 x 7 7/8 in.)
Provenance
[The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, May 2001] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (2001-2006), 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 Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.197.A-B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Cylindrical tripod vessel with legs in the form of crouching bears and a conical lid in the form of a multi-peaked mountain; decoration of hunters pursuing animals on the vessel sides and amid the mountain peaks; red earthenware with lead-fluxed, emerald-green glaze over molded decoration; the underside of the vessel and cover with some glaze overflow. One of a set of eight funerary vessels (2006.170.192-199).
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Green lead-glazed wine vessel of very similar form and decoration excavated in 1983 from a Han site at Doudian, Xianyang, Shaanxi province, now in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology collection, Beijing. See Treasures from a Swallow Garden: Inaugural Exhibit of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology (Beijing: Peking University, 1992), cat. 116, p. 224-25.
(2) Yellow-green lead-glazed wine vessel of same form with virtually identical decoration excavated in 2004 from a late Western Han brick tomb near in Xi’an, Shaanxi province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 10 (2012): cover image.
(3) Green lead-glazed wine vessel of same form with very similar decoration excavated in 1956 from a late Western Han dynasty brick tomb near Hansenzhai village, Xi’an, Shaanxi province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 5 (1960): 72, pl. 4.
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