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

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu