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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.192
Title
Long-necked jar (hu)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 西漢 绿釉陶壺
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/173613
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with green lead glaze
Technique
Lead glaze
Dimensions
H. 37.4 x Diam. 28.6 cm (14 3/4 x 11 1/4 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
2006.170.192
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Jar with waisted cylindrical neck, globular body, and small flat, circular base, the body decorated with a molded frieze of hunting scenes and two simulated pushou-mask ring-handles; red earthenware with lead-fluxed emerald-green glaze over molded decoration on the exterior; interior and base unglazed. One of a set of eight funerary vessels (2006.170.192-199).
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Green lead-glazed earthenware jar of closely related form with similar decoration excavated in 1956 from a late Western Han brick tomb near Hansenzhai village, Xi’an, Shaanxi province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 5 (1960): 72, pl. 5.
(2) Very similar green-glazed jar hu of closely related form and size excavated in 1978 in Luoyang, Henan province. See Grace Wong, ed., Treasures from the Han (Singapore: Empress Place Museum, 1990), 95.
(3) Yellow-green lead-glazed earthenware jar of closely related form and 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): 97, pl. 3.
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