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A square-shaped ceramic vessel with tall, straight walls. The top lip is flat and the feet are very small. It is colored light blue throughout.

A square-shaped ceramic vessel standing upright on a grey background. It is colored light blue throughout with the glaze on the inside slightly thinned to show tan underneath. The brown stoneware underneath shows through the blue glaze. It has tall, straight walls that slightly lean outward at the top . The top lip is flat and has tan lines along the edges from thinned glaze. The feet are very small.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Rectangular Flowerpot with Four Small Feet
Work Type
probably 15th century
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Henan province
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
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Physical Descriptions

Numbered Jun ware: light gray stoneware with variegated blue glaze; with Chinese numeral 10 (shi) inscribed on base before firing
max.: H. 14.8 × W. 20.8 × D. 16.3 cm (5 13/16 × 8 3/16 × 6 7/16 in.)
base: W. 12.5 × D. 10 cm (4 15/16 × 3 15/16 in.)
weight: 1804.2 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: inscribed (probably stamped) on base before firing: 十 shi (ten)
  • label: affixed to interior, on vessel floor: sticker with handwritten number 18

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane
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Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Lucy Cooper, Susan Costello, Katherine Eremin, Melissa Moy, Kathy King, Marc S. Walton, Emeline Pouyet Pouyet, Andrew Shortland, and Laure Dussubieux, "Numbered Jun Ware – a technical study", Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (2021), vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 255-268, pp. 257-258, fig. 3
  • Rose Kerr, Dazzling Official Jun Wares: From Museums and Collections Around the World, ACC Art Books (Hong Kong, 2021), p. 122, no. 77

Exhibition History

Subjects and Contexts

  • Jun Ware

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