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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.242.1-6
Title
Circular tray with three ring-form-feet and five cups
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 隋至唐 白瓷三環足盤和五杯
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
late 6th-early 7th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Sui (581-618) to Tang (618-907) dynasty
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/92622
Physical Descriptions
Medium
White stoneware with transparent glaze tinged with green
Technique
White ware
Dimensions
tray: H. 5.8 x Diam. 25.8 cm (2 5/16 x 10 3/16 in.)
cups: H. 7.4 x Diam. 8.9 cm (2 15/16 x 3 1/2 in.)
Provenance
[Blitz Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Amsterdam, December 1999] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (1999-2006), 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
2006.170.242.1-6
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Five matching cups, each with wide, rimless mouth and sides tapering inward to small, slightly splayed circular foot; large circular tray with short, gently rounded sides and three ring-form feet attached to the base at equidistant intervals; white porcelain with transparent glaze tinged with pale celadon green; bases of cups unglazed and each marked with the ideograph 波 (bo) brushed in red ink on the base after firing; the center of the tray base unglazed. From northern China; Hebei or Henan province.
Commentary
Compare to:
Very similar white ware set of cups on a circular tray attributed to the Sui-Tang period (7th century) published in Sekai toji zenshu [Ceramic Art of the World], vol. 11 [Sui and Tang Dynasties] (Tokyo: Shogakukan, 1976), 36-37, figs. 22-24.
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