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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Long-necked jar (hu)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 漢 原始瓷壺
Work Type
1st century BCE-1st century CE
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
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Physical Descriptions

Proto-porcelain ware: stoneware with natural ash glaze
H. 43.3 x Diam. 37.2 cm (17 1/16 x 14 5/8 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, 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 Asian Art
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Globular jar with flared mouth, cylindrical neck, globular body, lower portion of body tapering inward to a countersunk base, and two loop supports for simulated ring handles on the shoulders; three horizontal ridged borders encircle the shoulders, creating wide horizontal friezes with decoration of stylized animals and scrolling clouds; light gray stoneware with thin natural ash glaze over top portion of vessel, the lower half and base unglazed. One of a pair with 2006.270.208.

Samples taken from the base of this vessel were thermoluminescence (TL) tested at Oxford Authentication Ltd. in September 1999 and determined to be consistent with the suggested period of manufacture.
Compare to:
(1) Covered proto-porcelain jar of closely related form with same scrolling-cloud pattern excavated in 1992 from an Eastern Han brick tomb in Luoyang city, Henan province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 12 (1992): 13, fig. 11.5.
(2) Proto-porcelain jar of related form and decoration excavated in 2002 from a mid-Western Han dynasty wooden chamber tomb in Luoyang city, Henan province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 7 (2007): 46, figs. 13-14.
(3) Proto-porcelain jar of related form excavated in 2004 from a late Western Han dynasty wooden chamber tomb in Luoyang city, Henan province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 11 (2006): 27, figs. 14 and 16.

Publication History

  • Abstraction and Reality: Chinese Art from the Warring States to the Liao (An Exhibition and Sale, 6-28 October 1999), auct. cat., The Chinese Porcelain Company (New York, 1999), no. 2, pp. 16-19
  • The Chinese Porcelain Company: A Dealer's Record, 1985-2000, auct. cat., The Chinese Porcelain Company (New York, 2000), p. 56

Subjects and Contexts

  • Sedgwick Collection

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