Small, Broad-Shouldered Jar With Decoration Of The Eight Buddhist Treasures ('babao') Amidst Scrolling Lotus Decor
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1979.444
Title
Small, Broad-Shouldered Jar with Decoration of the Eight Buddhist Treasures ('Babao') Amidst Scrolling Lotus Decor
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Cheng hua dou cai guan
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
probably late Chenghua period, 1481-1487
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Period
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Culture
Chinese
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Enameled ware, "doucai" type: porcelain with decoration painted in underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze green and yellow enamels; with underglaze cobalt blue mark reading "Tian" (Heaven) on the base
Technique
Overglaze enamel
Dimensions
H. 9.0 x Diam. 10.6 cm (3 9/16 x 4 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Imperial mark on base: Tian
  • inscription: underside of jar, center, underglaze cobalt blue, brush-written, Chinese: 'Tian'
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Walter and Ella Siple
Accession Year
1979
Object Number
1979.444
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Publication History

Christopher Reed, "Wrong!", Harvard Magazine (Cambridge, MA, September 2004-October 2004), vol. 107, no. 1, pp. 40-51, p. 45 (full view and detail)

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 2000), p. 5

Exhibition History

A Decade of Collecting: Asian Acquisitions 1990-1999, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/11/2000 - 11/05/2000

Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Paintings from China, Korea, and Japan, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/25/2000 - 08/26/2001

Plum, Orchid, Chrysanthemum, and Bamboo: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 07/06/2002 - 01/05/2003

Downtime, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/28/2007 - 04/20/2008

Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 11/23/2008

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted