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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.167.A-B
Title
Covered tripod jar
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 西漢 陶蓋三足罐
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
2nd century BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Han dynasty, Western Han period, 206 BCE-9 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/176995
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with impressed decoration
Dimensions
H. 13.3 x W. (across handles) 14.2 x Diam. 13.4 cm (5 1/4 x 5 9/16 x 5 1/4 in.)
Provenance
[Uragami Sokyu-do Co., Ltd., Tokyo, July 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 the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.167.A-B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Compressed globular jar with two loop handles and three flanged feet; cover slightly domed with loop knob at center and side walls slightly splayed, creating a bell-like silhouette; gray earthenware with three bands of incised horizontal lines encircling the body and abstract decorative patterns impressed between the upper bands and on the lid.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Small covered tripod boxes with virtually identical decor excavated in 1983 from the early Western Han stone chamber tomb of the King of Nanyue on Mount Xianggang in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, now in the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Guangzhou. See Xihan Nanyuewang mu [Nanyue King’s Tomb of the Western Han], vol. 2 (Beijing: Wenwu chubanshe, 1991), pl. 145.3-4.
(2) Small covered tripod boxes with similar loop-knob and virtually identical decor excavated in 1976 from an early Western Han earth-mound tomb in Luobowan, Gui county, Guangxi province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 9 (1978): 41, fig. 53.

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