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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jar with floral roundels
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 南北朝至隋 青瓷罐
Work Type
6th century
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Northern and Southern Dynasties period (420-589) to Sui dynasty (581-618)
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Physical Descriptions
Stoneware with celadon glaze
H. 24.3 x Diam. 22.7 cm (9 9/16 x 8 15/16 in.)
[Christian Boehm, London, February 2001] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (2000-2006), 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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Globular jar supported by a short, straight foot with slightly concave base; shoulders taper inward to a short, straight neck with flat mouth rim; Eight double-loop handles encircle the juncture between the neck and shoulders; sixteen molded floral-medallion appliques encircle the shoulders below the loop handles: eight-petal floral appliques alternate with slightly smaller seven-petal forms surrounded by a circle of beads; crimped “piecrust” ridge divides the body into upper and lower halves; light gray stoneware with green celadon glaze primarily on the upper half; lower portion and base unglazed. Place of manufacture uncertain, probably northern China.
Compare to:
(1) Celadon jar of closely related form and with similar applique floral roundels excavated in 1982 at Shouxian, Liuan, Anhui province, now in the Anhui Provincial Museum. See Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 8: Anhui (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 42.
(2) Northern celadon jar of different form but with similar floral medallion appliques attributed to the Northern Qi period (550-577) in the Ashmolean Museum collection, Oxford. See Sheila Vainker, Chinese Pottery and Porcelain (London: British Museum, 1991), 58, pl. 42.
(3) Northern celadon jar of different form but with similar floral medallion appliques attributed to the Northern Qi period in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of art collection, Kansas City, Missouri. See Yutaka Mino and Katherine Tsiang, Ice and Green Clouds (Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1987), cat. 38, pp. 108-11.

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