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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.246.A-B
Title
Covered ovoid jar (guan)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 唐 白瓷蓋罐
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
early 9th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Tang dynasty, 618-907
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/182462
Location
Level 3, Room 3620, University Study Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Off-white stoneware with clear glaze
Technique
White ware
Dimensions
with cover: H. 24.2 x Diam. 20.5 cm (9 1/2 x 8 1/16 in.)
Provenance
[The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, April 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
2006.170.246.A-B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Covered ovoid jar with short, flared neck, the cover with small lotus-bud shaped knob; off-white stoneware with clear glaze over white slip ground. From northern China, probably from Hebei or Henan province.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) White ware covered jar of virtually identical form excavated in 1992 from a tomb dated 851 in Beiyaowan, Gongyi, Henan province, now in the Henan Provincial Research Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology. See Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 12: Henan (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 49.
(2) White ware covered jar of virtually identical form excavated in 1984 from a tomb dated 845 in Xingyuan, Yanshi county, Henan province, now in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology collection, Beijing. Yanyuan juzhen: Beijing daxue Saikele kaogu yu yishu bowuguan zhanpin xuancui [Treasures from a Swallow Garden: inaugural exhibit of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University] (Beijing: Wenwu chubanshe, 1992), cat. 136, pp. 254-55.
Exhibition History

Earthly Delights: 6,000 Years of Asian Ceramics, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2022 - 08/14/2022

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