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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.181
Title
Large dome shaped vessel
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 東漢 灰陶壺
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
2nd-3rd 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/176360
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gray earthenware with incised decoration
Dimensions
H. 22.7 x Diam. 31.5 cm (8 15/16 x 12 3/8 in.)
Provenance
[J.J. Lally & Co., New York, June 2000] 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
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.181
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Dome-shaped vessel with flared mouth, short cylindrical neck, and broad flat base; incised decoration of two fish between linear borders made up of multiple short arcs lined up in a chain, and with two large characters reading “Da Ji” (great good fortune) cut in the same technique on the side opposite the fish; the mouth rim bordered with same pattern of short arcs lines; gray earthenware with incised decoration.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Hu-vessel of different shape but with closely related decoration of two fish and an inscription excavated in 1964 from a late Eastern Han site in Zhengzhou city, Henan province, now in the Henan Museum. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 3 (1990): 96, fig. 1 and 2.
(2) A group of dome-shaped vessels with auspicious cinnabar inscriptions excavated in 1972 from a late Eastern Han site in Zhangwan, Lingbao county, Henan province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 11 (1975): 92, fig. 56.

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