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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.205.A-B
Title
Covered long-necked jar (hu)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 東漢 釉陶壺
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
25-220 CE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Han dynasty, Eastern Han period, 25-220 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/185451
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with brown lead glaze
Technique
Lead glaze
Dimensions
with cover: H. 44 x Diam. 28.5 cm (17 5/16 x 11 1/4 in.)
Provenance
[J.J. Lally & Co., New York, December 1999] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (1999-2006), 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 Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.205.A-B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Covered jar with long cylindrical neck, wide shoulders, compressed body, and straight foot resting on a flat base, the slightly domed cover with finial in the form of a seated human figure playing a wind instrument; the vessel shoulders decorated with a molded frieze of tigers, dragons, and other mythical beasts striding amid clouds; red earthenware with lead-fluxed caramel-brown glaze, the undersides of the vessel and cover unglazed. One of a pair with 2006.170.204.A-B.
Commentary
Compare to:
Hu-vessel of a different form but with similar caramel-brown, lead-fluxed glaze in a private collection. See Aileen Lau, ed., Spirit of Han: Ceramics for the After-Life (Singapore: Southeast Asian Ceramic Society; Sun Tree Publications, 1991), cat. 83, p. 113.
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