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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.121
Title
Wine beaker (gu)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 商 灰陶觚
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
16th-14th century BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Shang dynasty, c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/176659
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gray earthenware
Dimensions
H. 26.2 x Diam. 10.5 cm (10 5/16 x 4 1/8 in.)
Provenance
[Christie's, New York, 21 September 2000, lot 219] 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
2006.170.121
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Beaker of tall, slender form with flared mouth, and lightly flared pedestal foot with three small tabs encircling the perimeter; lower body encircled by grooved bands; lightly burnished gray earthenware. Vessels of this form became popular for wine drinking in the Shang dynasty and may be based on an Erlitou culture (1900-1500 BCE) prototype.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Black pottery gu vessel excavated in 1960 from a Shang stratum at Maqiao, Shanghai municipality, now in the Shanghai Museum collection. See Treasures from the Shanghai Museum: 6,000 Years of Chinese Art, René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé, ed. (San Francisco: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Shanghai: Shanghai Museum, 1983), cat. 12, pp. 72 and 149.
(2) Gray pottery gu vessel excavated from an Erlitou site. See Zhongguo shehui kexueyuan kaogu yanjiusuo [Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences], Erlitou taoci jicui [Cream of the Pottery from Erlitou] (Beijing: Zhongguo shehui kexue chubanshe, 1995), 44, pl. 7.
Publication History

Fine Chinese Ceramics, Paintings, and Works of Art, auct. cat., Christie's, New York (New York, September 21, 2000), lot 219

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