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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.199.A-B
Title
Cylindrical tripod vessel (lian) with domed cover
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, Eastern Han period, 25-220 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/173615
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with green lead glaze
Technique
Lead glaze
Dimensions
with cover: H. 20.2 x Diam. 21 cm (7 15/16 x 8 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
2006.170.199.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 domed cover with simulated double-ring handles on top; molded decoration of hunters pursuing animals on the vessel sides; red earthenware with lead-fluxed, emerald-green glaze; 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:
Several earthenware lian vessels with domed covers excavated from the Han tombs at Shaogou, Luoyang, Henan province. See Zhongguo shehui kexueyuan kaogu yanjiusuo [Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences], Luoyang Shaogou Han mu [The Han Tombs at Shaogou in Luoyang] (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 1959), pl. 32A.1-4.
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