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Small, Broad-Shouldered Jar with Decoration of the Eight Buddhist Treasures ('Babao') Amidst Scrolling Lotus Decor

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detail - two birst bubbles and spilled yellow glaz

detail of underside

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Small, Broad-Shouldered Jar with Decoration of the Eight Buddhist Treasures ('Babao') Amidst Scrolling Lotus Decor, probably late Chenghua period, 1481-1487
Alternate Title: Cheng hua dou cai guan
Vessel
Chinese
,
15th century
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Creation Place: Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
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
H. 9.0 x Diam. 10.6 cm (3 9/16 x 4 3/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Walter and Ella Siple
, 1979.444
Marks
signed: Imperial mark on base: Tian
inscription: underside of jar, center, underglaze cobalt blue, brush-written, Chinese: 'Tian'
Bibliography
A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 2000), p. 5

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

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