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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.233.A-B
Title
Covered spherical jar
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 南北朝至隋 青瓷蓋罐
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
6th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Northern and Southern Dynasties period (420-589) to Sui dynasty (581-618)
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/176272
Location
Level 3, Room 3620, University Study Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Technique
Celadon
Dimensions
with cover: H. 20.7 x Diam. 19.2 cm (8 1/8 x 7 9/16 in.)
Provenance
[Kaikodo, New York, January 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
2006.170.233.A-B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Covered spherical jar with flat, slightly recessed base; shoulders slope inward to a wide, rimless mouth; slightly domed lid with crimped “piecrust” ridge at midpoint and knob in the form of a lotus bud; stamped triangles and dotted circles encircle the shoulders, incised floral scrolls encircle the body between incised horizontal lines; incised lotus petal decoration on top of lid, radiates outward from the knob; light gray stoneware with dark olive-green celadon glaze covers jar’s interior and exterior but stops above the foot; several drips of glaze stretch down toward the foot; kiln grit adheres to unglazed base. Place of manufacture uncertain, probably northern China.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Covered celadon jar of different form but with similar incised floral-scroll decoration on the body excavated from a Southern Qi period (479-502) tomb dated to 485 at Hejiadawan near Wuchang, Hubei province. See Kaogu [Archaeology] 4 (1965): 176-214, pl. 3.3.
(2) Celadon bottle of different form but with similar dotted circle decoration excavated from a Sui dynasty (581-618) tomb dated to 586 in Hefei, Anhui province, now in the Anhui Provincial Museum. See Zhongguo wenwu jinghua daquan, taoci juan (Shanghai: Shanghai cishu chubanshe, 1993), no. 154, p. 222.
Publication History

Kaikodo Journal, Vol. 17 (Autumn 2000), auct. cat., Kaikodo (New York, 2000), no. 61, pp. 186-187 and 314

Exhibition History

Earthly Delights: 6,000 Years of Asian Ceramics, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2022 - 08/14/2022

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