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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Jar with two handles
Work Type
8th-7th century BCE
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period, 770-476 BCE
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Physical Descriptions

Proto-porcelain: stoneware with thin ash glaze
H. 21.1 x W. (across handles) 22.5 x Diam. 25.5 cm (8 5/16 x 8 7/8 x 10 1/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 2003] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (2003-2006), 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 Asian Art
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Ovoid jar with articulated neck, narrow shoulders, sides widening toward a flat base, and two lug handles ornamented with stylized zoomorphic heads; light gray stoneware with transparent olive-green glaze over applique handles and abstract designs impressed repeatedly over the entirety of the body, the glaze on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. From Jiangsu or Zhejiang province.
Compare to:
(1) Proto-porcelain jar of very similar form and handles and with closely related stamped decoration and glaze excavated from a Spring-and-Autumn site in Zhouzhuang, Jiangyin, Jiangsu province, now in the Changzhou Museum, Jiangsu. See Zhongguo meishu quanji [The Complete Works of Chinese Art], vol. 35: Taociqi er [Ceramics, part 2] (Hefei: Huangshan shushe, 2010), 238 (bottom).
(2) Jar of different form but with very similar stamped designs and glaze excavated from a Spring-and-Autumn site in Lishui county, Jiangsu province. See Zhongguo taoci quanji [The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics], vol. 2: Xia, Shang, Zhou, Chunqiu, Zhanguo [Xia, Shang, Zhou, Spring and Autumn, and Warring States periods] (Shanghai: Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 2000), no. 177, pp. 167 and 281.
(3) Jar of different form but with similar stamped designs and yellow-green glaze excavated from a Western Zhou site at Fushan Guoyuan, Jurong, Jiangsu province, now in the Zhenjiang Museum, Jiangsu. See ibid., no. 93, pp. 107 and 253.
(4) Large globular proto-porcelain jar with similar stamped designs excavated from a Western Zhou site at Yongning, Gaochun, Jiangsu province, now in the Zhenjiang Museum, Jiangsu. See ibid., no. 98, pp. 110 and 255.
(5) Proto-porcelain jar of similar form and related stamped design excavated from a Western Zhou tomb at Tashan, Deqing county, Zhejiang province, now in the Deqing Museum. See Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 9: Zhejiang (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 5.

Subjects and Contexts

  • Sedgwick Collection

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