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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Double Handled Jar
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 漢 灰陶雙耳罐
Work Type
2nd century BCE-3rd century CE
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Sichuan province
Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
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Physical Descriptions
Burnished gray earthenware
H. 29 x W. 29 x Diam. 25.5 cm (11 7/16 x 11 7/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
[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
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Asian and Mediterranean Art
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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.
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.

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