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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Wide-mouthed jar
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 戰國 原始瓷線紋罐
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
H. 21.3 x Diam. 28.9 cm (8 3/8 x 11 3/8 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, March 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
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Large ovoid jar with wide mouth, broad shoulders, sides tapering in toward a small flat base, and with two small movable ring handles on the shoulders; the upper body carved with a wide band of vertical ribs, the shoulders decorated with a thin band of ribs, interrupted on either side by a small panel of spiral designs enclosing a ring handle; light gray stoneware with thin natural ash glaze on the upper portion.
Compare to:
(1) Proto-porcelain jar of virtually identical form and decoration excavated in 1973 in Xiejiaji district, Huainan, Anhui province, now in the Huainan Museum. See Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 8: Anhui (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 7.
(2) Remnants of a virtually identical proto-porcelain jar excavated in 1979 from a Warring-States tomb site at Liuquan, Xinjiang county, Shanxi province, now in the Houma Workstation, Shanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology. See Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 5: Shanxi (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 5.
(3) Very similar proto-porcelain jar with more tapered lower half excavated in 2008-2009 from the Warring States period (475 – 221 BCE) Tingziqiao kiln site in the Economic Development Zone of Deqing County, Zhejiang province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 12 (2009): 10, fig. 11.
(4) Unglazed jar of virtually identical form and decoration attributed to the Warring States period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, New York (accession no. 50.61.10). See Suzanne G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, 2nd ed. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989), 26-27, fig. 30.

Subjects and Contexts

  • Sedgwick Collection

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