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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.60
Title
Spouted jug with anthropomorphic top
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 齊家文化 陶盉
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 2300-1500 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Qijia culture, c. 2300-1500 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/182444
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware
Dimensions
H. 18.4 x Diam. 12.3 cm (7 1/4 x 4 13/16 in.)
Provenance
[J.J. Lally & Co., New York, March 2000] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (2000-2006), 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
2006.170.60
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Pouring vessel with angular neck, ovoid body, strap handle attached from rim to shoulder, tubular spout, and opening in the form of a laughing human face; buff earthenware. Qijia culture. From the upper Yellow River valley region; Gansu, Qinghai, or Shaanxi province or Inner Mongolia.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Earthenware ewer of related form, but without a face, in Gansu Provincial Museum collection. See Sekai Tōji Zenshū [Ceramic Art of the World], vol. 10 (Tokyo: Shogakukan, 1982), 149, pl. 130.
(2) Earthenware ewer of related form in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities collection, Stockholm. See Margit Bylin-Althin, “The Sites of Ch’i Chia Ping and Lo Han T’ang in Kansu,” Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, 18 (1946): 383-498, pl. 23.1.
Publication History

Ancient Chinese Ceramics & Tomb Sculpture, March 20 to April 8, 2000, auct. cat., J.J. Lally & Co. (New York, NY, 2000), no. 5

Elizabeth LaDuc, "Technical Study of Chinese Ceramics from the Qijia Culture (c.2200-1600 BCE)" (2016)

Exhibition History

Prehistoric Pottery from Northwest China, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016

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