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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.222
Title
Vase with dished mouth and descending lotus petal decor
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 南朝至隋 青瓷盤口壺
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
6th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Northern and Southern Dynasties period (420-589) to Sui dynasty (581-618)
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/193291
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Technique
Celadon
Dimensions
H. 31.7 x Diam. 19.6 cm (12 1/2 x 7 11/16 in.)
Provenance
[James Freeman, Kyoto, January 1999] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (1998-2006), 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
2006.170.222
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Vessel with dish-shaped mouth, slender neck, ovoid body, and splayed pedestal; six squared lugs (two of smaller size) encircle the shoulder, just below the neck; incised decoration on the body of lotus petals pointing down toward the foot; light gray stoneware with olive-green celadon glaze over incised decoration; perimeter of base unglazed. Place of manufacture uncertain, probably southern China.
Commentary
Compare to:
Celadon vase of different form but with dished mouth, squared lug handles, and incised decor of descending lotus petals on body purportedly made during the Southern Dynasties period (420-589) at the Xiangyin kilns in Hunan province, was unearthed in 1997 from the Chenzhou Machine Factory, Hunan province, now in the Chenzhou Museum. See Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 13: Hubei Hunan (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 140.

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