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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1984.159
Title
Small "Hu" Jar with Two Small Handles
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
Liangzhu culture, 3300-2000 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Zhejiang Province, Liangzhu
Period
Neolithic period
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/201530
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Dark gray earthenware with inscription incised on the interior wall of the footring after firing
Dimensions
H. 12.5 x Diam. 11.2 cm (4 15/16 x 4 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: This inscription is controversial (see Kaplan). Tentative translation: "May sons and grandsons treasure this in perpetuity" (see Shangraw).
Provenance
Mr. and Mrs. Fritz W. Bilfinger, Zurich, Switzerland (by 1984), sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1984.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Acquired with a fund established by Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane for the purchase of Asian art in honor of Professor Max Loehr
Accession Year
1984
Object Number
1984.159
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Sidney M. Kaplan, "Early Pottery from the Liang Chu Site, Chekiang province", Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America, Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America (New York, NY, 1948 -1949), vol. III, plate XV 1a, 1b, 1c

Clarence Shangraw, Origins of Chinese Ceramics, exh. cat., China House Gallery (New York, NY, 1978), p. 54, cat. no. 5

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