Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.157
Title
Double Handled Jar
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 漢 灰陶雙耳罐
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
2nd century BCE-3rd century CE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Sichuan province
Period
Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/317259
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Burnished gray earthenware
Dimensions
H. 29 x W. 29 x Diam. 25.5 cm (11 7/16 x 11 7/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
Provenance
[Sotheby's, New York, 19 March 1997, lot 179] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (by 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 Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.157
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.
Descriptions
Description
Large jar with rhomboid cross-section, angled shoulders, constricted neck, flaring mouth, swelling belly, and two arched handles rising from vessel midsection to mouth rim; decorated with two symmetrically spaced carved volutes on the front and back sides of the body and incised vertical lines at the neck; burnished gray earthenware. Vessels of this distinctive type have been excavated from western regions of Sichuan province that were typically inhabited by non-Han Chinese peoples.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Similar double-handled jar with volute decor excavated in 2005 from a mid- to late Han dynasty stone burial cemetery in Rilong town, Xiaojin county, Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 10 (2018): 17, fig. 25.1 and 25.2.
(2) A group of double-handled jars excavated in 1985 from an Eastern Han (25-220 CE) cemetery in Laochang village, Longdong town, Baoxing County, Sichuan province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 10 (1987): 42, fig. 18-23.
(3) Double-handled jar with volute decor excavated in 1975 from a late Eastern Han dynasty stone burial cemetery in Li County, Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province. See Wenwu [Cultural Relics] 11 (1976): 92, fig. 9.

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu