2006.170.242.4 Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.242.4
Title
Cup
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 隋至唐 白瓷杯
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
late 6th-early 7th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Sui (581-618) to Tang (618-907) dynasty
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/185760
Physical Descriptions
Medium
White stoneware with transparent glaze tinged with green
Technique
White ware
Dimensions
H. 7.4 x Diam. 8.9 cm (2 15/16 x 3 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: brush-written in red ink on base:: 波
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 the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.242.4
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Cup with wide, rimless mouth and sides tapering inward to a small, slightly splayed circular foot; white porcelain with transparent glaze tinged with pale celadon green that stops short of the foot; base unglazed and marked with the ideograph 波 (bo) brush-written in red ink on the base after firing. From northern China; Hebei or Henan province. Part of a set comprising five cups and a circular tray (2006.170.1-6).
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) White ware cups of very similar form and attributed to the Sui dynasty excavated from the Xing kilns in Neiqiu county, Hebei province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 9 (1987): 4-5, figs. 6 and 10.4.
(2) White ware cup of closely related form in the Palace Museum collection, Beijing. See Zhongguo taoci quanji [The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics], vol. 5: Sui, Tang [Sui and Tang dynasties] (Shanghai: Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 2000), no. 19, pp. 52 and 221.
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