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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.165
Title
Granary jar
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 西漢 灰硬陶倉
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
1st century BCE-1st century CE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Henan province
Period
Han dynasty, Western Han period, 206 BCE-9 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/176366
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gray stoneware with incised and impressed decoration
Dimensions
H. 34.2 x Diam. 24.6 cm (13 7/16 x 9 11/16 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 a fund established by Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane for the purchase of Asian art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.165
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Oblong vessel in the shape of a miniature granary with circular opening at the top, domed shoulders, and sides tapering inward to a flat base elevated on three short cabriole legs; four evenly spaced pairs of notched bands raised in relief encircle the body; a row of small concentric circles impressed between the upper two bands; gray earthenware with incised and impressed decoration, lightly burnished surfaces.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Earthenware granaries of virtually identical form excavated in 1987 from late Western Han to early Eastern Han period tombs at Tijiakou village, Anyang, Henan province. See Huaxia kaogu [Huaxia Archaeology] 1 (1993): 16-17, figs. 8.3 and 9.1-3.
(2) Covered granary jar of closely related form with three short legs in the shape of crouching bears excavated in 1992-1993 from a late Western Han dynasty brick tomb in Xigong district, Luoyang, Henan province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 11 (1995): 9, fig. 12.
(3) Covered granary jars of similar form with three short legs in the shape of crouching bears and an opening on the bottom excavated in 1992 from a late Western Han dynasty brick tomb in Luoyang, Henan province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 7 (1994): 26, fig. 8 and 9.
Publication History

Kaikodo Journal, Vol.07 (Spring 1998), auct. cat., Kaikodo (New York, 1998), no. 56, pp. 176-177 and 269-270

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