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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.245
Title
Cuspidor
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 唐 白瓷唾盂
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
9th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Hebei province, Quyang
Period
Tang dynasty, 618-907
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/185759
Location
Level 3, Room 3620, University Study Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Porcelaneous white stoneware with ivory hued glaze
Technique
White ware
Dimensions
H. 11.7 x Diam. 15.2 cm (4 5/8 x 6 in.)
Provenance
[Blitz Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Amsterdam, 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
2006
Object Number
2006.170.245
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Compressed pear-shaped receptacle supported on a short, wide footring, the upper portion in the form of a conical bowl, with small circular opening at the juncture between the upper and lower halves; porcelaneous white stoneware with lustrous ivory-hued glaze. Probably from the Ding kilns at Quyang, Hebei province.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) White ware cuspidor of similar shape, purportedly made at the Xing kilns, Henan province, was excavated in 1955 from a Tang-dynasty tomb at Wangjiafen, Xi’an, Shaanxi province, now in the Shaanxi History Museum. See Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 15: Shaanxi (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 50.
(2) Black ware cuspidor of similar shape and approximate size was excavated in 1955 from a Tang dynasty tomb in the eastern suburbs of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, now in the Shaanxi History Museum. See ibid., no. 85.
Exhibition History

Plum, Orchid, Chrysanthemum, and Bamboo: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 07/06/2002 - 01/05/2003

Earthly Delights: 6,000 Years of Asian Ceramics, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2022 - 08/14/2022

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