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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.163
Title
Goose-head vessel
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 西漢 青銅鵝首曲頸壺
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
3rd-1st century BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Han dynasty, Western Han period, 206 BCE-9 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/190471
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Cast bronze
Dimensions
H. 33 x Diam. 18.3 cm (13 x 7 3/16 in.)
Provenance
[J.J. Lally & Co., New York, November 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 Louise Haskell Daly Fund
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.163
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Compressed spherical vessel surmounted by a long tubular neck that curves downward at the top, terminating into a head of a goose; a circular aperture appears at the highest point behind the head, at the bend of the neck; slightly splayed footring encircles a countersunk base; cast bronze with green patina. Bronze vessels of this form gained currency by the Qin dynasty (late 3rd century BCE) and persisted into the Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE).
Commentary
Compare to:
Bronze globular vessel with long, bent neck terminating in the head of a goose excavated in 1996-2000 from a Qin dynasty tomb (221 -206 BCE) in the Siqi Cemetery in Houma City, Shanxi province. See Kaogu [Archaeology] 4 (2002): 49, fig. 14.7 and pl. 4.1.
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