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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.258.A-B
Title
Covered jar with lotus-petal decor
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 北齊至隋 黄釉罐
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
6th – early 7th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Northern Qi (550-577) to Sui (581-618) dynasty
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/182528
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with lead fluxed glaze
Technique
Lead glaze
Dimensions
H. 18.6 x Diam. 15.5 cm (7 5/16 x 6 1/8 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 the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.258.A-B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Covered globular jar with short neck, carved decoration of descending lotus petals with flared tips projecting outward at midpoint of body, short, flat circular foot, and four pierced square lug handles encircling the shoulder; the slightly domed cover with knob in the form of a lotus bud; buff earthenware with pale yellowish-green lead-fluxed glaze over carved and incised decoration; base mostly unglazed, with some glaze overflow. Place of manufacture uncertain, probably northern China.
Commentary
Compare to:
Celadon covered jar of very similar form excavated in 1968 from the Northern Qi (550-577) tomb of Cui Ang (dated to 566) in Pingshan, Hebei province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 11 (1973): 27-33, pl. 5.2.
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