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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.138.A-B
Title
Covered Bowl
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 春秋 硬陶蓋盂
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
7th-5th century BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period, 770-476 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/178617
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Stoneware with impressed decoration
Dimensions
H. 5 x W. (across handle) 11.5 x Diam. 11.1 cm (1 15/16 x 4 1/2 x 4 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 the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.138.A-B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Small compressed bowl with three tab-handles evenly spaced around the shoulder; body tapers slightly inward to flat base; separate cover is slightly domed with small knob handle at the center; light gray stoneware with impressed fabric-weave decoration on the bowl’s body; traces of natural kiln gloss on top of cover.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Small covered bowl of similar form with two small handles excavated in 2007-08 from a late Spring and Autumn period (5th century BCE) earth-mound tomb in Zhouzhuang county, Huaiyin, Jiangsu province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 11 (2010): 11, fig. 13.
(2) Small, covered bowl of closely related form with two small handles and wavy patterns excavated in 1988 from an early Spring and Autumn period (late 8th-early 7th century BCE) earth-mound tomb in Hekou, Shucheng county, Anhui province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 6 (1990): 63, fig. 10.
(3) Very similar mesh-impressed covered vessel attributed to the early Warring States period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, New York (accession no. 1986.75.2). See Suzanne G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, 2nd ed. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989), 37, fig. 33.

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