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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 magenta on the outside and faded blue on the inside.

A square-shaped ceramic vessel standing upright on a grey background. It is colored magenta on the outside and a faded blue on the inside. 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 and are magenta.

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 magenta and blue glaze; with Chinese numeral 10 (shi) inscribed on base before firing
max.: H. 15 × W. 20.4 × D. 16.2 cm (5 7/8 × 8 1/16 × 6 3/8 in.)
base: W. 12.8 × D. 9.7 cm (5 1/16 × 3 13/16 in.)
weight: 1810.7 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: incised on base before firing: 十 shi (ten)

Acquisition and Rights

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

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Publication History

  • Japan Society, Chinese, Corean and Japanese Potteries, exh. cat., Japan Society (New York, NY, 1914), pp. 82-83, no. 293 (illus.)
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Catalogue of the Inaugural Exhibition, exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH, 1916), p. 188, no. 96-97
  • 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, p. 260, fig. 6
  • Rose Kerr, Dazzling Official Jun Wares: From Museums and Collections Around the World, ACC Art Books (Hong Kong, 2021), pp. 118-119, no. 75

Exhibition History

Subjects and Contexts

  • Jun Ware

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