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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.178.A-B
Title
Covered jar (hu) with pictorial decoration
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 西漢 彩繪陶壺
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
2nd-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/195610
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gray earthenware with cold-painted pigments
Dimensions
H. 45.5 x Diam. 29 cm (17 15/16 x 11 7/16 in.)
Provenance
[Kaikodo, New York, 1996] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (1996-2006), 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 Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.178.A-B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Covered jar with slightly flared mouth, cylindrical neck, broad, rounded shoulders, wide body, sides tapering slightly inward to a flat circular base, and dome-shaped cover; light gray earthenware with decoration cold-painted in unfired off-white, red, dark red, purple and black pigments on a white ground, the container with pictorial designs of two equestrian hunters bearing bows and arrows pursuing a white tiger painted in white, the lid with geometric decor.

Note:
A sample taken from the base of this vessel was thermoluminescence (TL) tested at Oxford Authentication Ltd. in April 2000 and determined to be consistent with the suggested period of manufacture.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Cold-painted earthenware jar of related form but with geometric cloud-scroll decor excavated in 2001 from an early Western Han tomb in Sushantou near Mount Jiuli, Xuzhou, Jiangsu province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 5 (2013): 34, fig. 9.
(2) Cold-painted earthenware jar of related form with geometric designs and a decorative band depicting a phoenix, a tiger, and a dragon excavated in 1992 from a late Western Han tomb in Jinguyuan near Luoyang train station in Luoyang city, Henan province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 7 (1994): 25, fig. 6.5.
(3) Cold-painted earthenware jar of related form with geometric designs and a decorative band depicting an equestrian archer chasing after a bear and a tiger attributed to the Western Han period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, New York (accession no. 1992.165.20a,b).
Publication History

Kaikodo Journal, Vol. 02 (Autumn 1996), auct. cat., Kaikodo (Kamakura, Japan and New York, 1996), no. 31, pp. 118-119 and 241-243

Related Media

3D Model: Covered 'Hu' Jar with Decoration of Two Equestrian Hunters Pursuing a Tiger

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