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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.215
Title
Basin
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 晋或南朝 越窯青瓷大洗
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
4th-5th century CE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Zhejiang Province, Shaoxing
Period
Jin dynasty, 266-420
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/174173
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Yue ware: stoneware with celadon glaze
Technique
Celadon
Dimensions
H. 6 x Diam. 23.7 cm (2 3/8 x 9 5/16 in.)
Provenance
[Priestley and Ferraro, London, 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 Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.215
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Basin with wide, flat, everted rim and rounded sides; short footring of wide diameter and narrow width encircles the flat base; incised horizontal lines encircle the exterior walls; a simple circle is impressed into the floor of the basin. Light gray stoneware with olive-green glaze all over, including the underside; more than a dozen spur marks on the base indicate the object was elevated in the kiln when fired. From the Yue kilns in the Shaoxing area of northeastern Zhejiang.

Large bronze basins of this form were used from the Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE) through the Northern and Southern Dynasties period (420–589) and were the inspiration for ceramic basins such as this. These types of vessels are referred to as “xi” (washers), indicating their probable function. Numerous green-glazed basins of this form have been excavated from third- and fourth-century tombs in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Celadon basin of closely related form excavated in 1979 from an early Eastern Jin (4th century) brick tomb in Jiangning county, Nanjing city, Jiangsu province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 8 (1990): 51, figs. 9-10.
(2) Greenish-yellow glazed basin of similar form excavated in 1987 from an early Southern Dynasties brick tomb dated to 435 CE in Xinxing county, Guangdong province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 8 (1990): 57, fig. 10.

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