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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Lamp with base in the form of a bear
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 東漢 绿釉陶熊形燈
Lighting Devices
Work Type
lighting device
1st – 3rd century CE
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Han dynasty, Eastern Han period, 25-220 CE
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Physical Descriptions
Earthenware with green lead glaze
Lead glaze
H. 37.8 x Diam. (top) 16.4 cm (14 7/8 x 6 7/16 in.)
[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 a fund established by Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane for the purchase of Asian art
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Lamp with wide, shallow, straight-sided dish receptacle for oil, raised on a faceted stem with base in the form of a ferocious bear with plump body and humped back seated on a high domed pedestal base; red earthenware with lead-fluxed emerald green glaze over molded decoration, the glaze showing silvery iridescence on the surface from burial; the underside of base unglazed.
Compare to:
(1) Green-glazed lamp with base in the form of a bear attributed to the Eastern Han period in the collection of the Shanghai Museum. See Zhongguo taoci quanji [The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics], vol. 3: Qin, Han [Qin and Han dynasties] (Shanghai: Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 2000), no. 153, pp. 155 and 269.
(2) Dark green glazed lamp with base in the form of a crouching bear attributed to the Eastern Han period also in the collection of the Shanghai Museum. See Zhongguo meishu quanji [The Complete Works of Chinese Art], vol. 34: Taociqi yi [Ceramics, part 1] (Hefei: Huangshan shushe, 2010), 152 (left).
Publication History

Ancient China: Jades, Bronzes, & Ceramics, March 24-April 10, 1999, auct. cat., J.J. Lally & Co. (New York, NY, 1999), no. 36

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