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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Covered jar with brown dots
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 東晉 越窯褐點青瓷蓋罐
Work Type
4th century
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Zhejiang Province
Jin dynasty, Eastern Jin period, 317-420
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Physical Descriptions

Yue ware: stoneware with celadon glaze and overglaze decoration
with cover: H. 12.8 x Diam. 13.6 cm (5 1/16 x 5 3/8 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[Kaikodo, 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 Asian Art
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Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Small covered jar with rounded shoulders, sides tapering inward to a flat base, short neck, rolled mouth rim, four loop handles evenly spaced around the shoulder; domed cover with matching loop handle at center top; light gray stoneware with olive-green glaze; iron-brown touched on over the glaze in evenly spaced dots around the shoulder, forming two horizontal rows and on the lid, forming four lines traversing the center loop handle that create a design resembling an eight-spoked asterisk; jar glazed all over but stops short of the foot; the jar’s unglazed base has six markings indicating it was elevated on spurs in the kiln when fired; lid glazed on top, but underside unglazed and bears seven markings indicating it was also elevated on spurs when fired. From the Yue kilns in the Shaoxing area of northeastern Zhejiang province.
Compare to:
(1) Celadon covered ovoid jar with handles and decoration of brown dots excavated in 1955 from an Eastern Jin brick tomb near Mount Langshan, Nanjing city, Jiangsu province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 4 (1956): 13, fig. 15.
(2) Celadon covered box with decoration of brown dots on lid excavated in 1984 from an Eastern Jin tomb in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. See Kaogu [Archaeology] 5 (1986): 421, fig. 17.2.
(3) Celadon covered jar with melon-shaped finial attributed to the Eastern Jin period in Asian Art Museum of San Francisco collection (accession no. B60P145). See He Li, Chinese Ceramics: The New Standard Guide (London: Thames and Hudson, 1996), no. 99, pp. 81 and 116.

Publication History

  • Kaikodo Journal, Vol. 15 (Spring 2000), auct. cat., Kaikodo (New York, 2000), p. 337, fig. 9

Subjects and Contexts

  • Sedgwick Collection

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