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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Covered tripod cauldron (lei)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 戰國 原始瓷蓋罍
Work Type
5th-4th century BCE
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Zhejiang Province
Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 475-221 BCE
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Physical Descriptions

Proto Porcelain: stoneware with thin ash glaze Proto Porcelain: stoneware with thin ash glaze
H. 36.2 x W. (across handles) 41.8 x Diam. 35.6 cm (14 1/4 x 16 7/16 x 14 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, July 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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Large covered ovoid, bronze-form cauldron with three cabriole legs and two movable rings attached to arched handles at the shoulders; the slightly domed cover with matching movable ring-handle; light gray stoneware body with natural ash glaze over horizontal bands of stamped decoration.
Compare to:
(1) Bronze tripod cauldron of similar form with movable ring handles and horizontal decor excavated in 1982 from an early Warring States period (5th-4th century BCE) tomb near Mount Shizi, Potang Commune, Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, now in Zhejiang Provincial Museum. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 1 (1984): 24, fig. 36.2 and pl. 4.6.
(2) Proto-porcelain tripod ewer with similar stamped decoration and glaze excavated in 1987 from a Warring States period site at Shangjiang village, Shaoxing county, Zhejiang province, now in the Shaoxing Office for Preservation and Management of Cultural Relics. See Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 9: Zhejiang (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 11.

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. 1, pp. 14-16
  • 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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