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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.279
Title
Alms bowl
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 唐 黑陶缽
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
8th-9th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Tang dynasty, 618-907
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/182524
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Burnished black earthenware
Technique
Burnished
Dimensions
H. 12.8 x Diam. 23.3 cm (5 1/16 x 9 3/16 in.)
Provenance
[J.J. Lally & Co., New York, July 2001] 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
2006.170.279
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Large hemispherical bowl with wide mouth, lightly inverted lip, and sides tapering inward to a rounded base—a Buddhist alms bowl (Sanskrit: pātra; Chinese bo); blackened earthenware coated with a slip solution containing clay, carbon, and gypsum and polished to a high gloss after firing.
Commentary
Compare to:
Alms bowl of closely related form excavated in 1984 from a Tang dynasty tomb on the western hill of Longmen in Luoyang, Henan province. See Luoyang chutu wenwu jisui [Ancient Treasures of Luoyang] (Beijing: Morning Glory Publishers, 1990): no. 95, p. 104-05.
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