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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.53
Title
Jar with anthropomorphic feet
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 齊家文化 人足形陶罐
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/191055
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with cord-impressed decoration
Dimensions
H. 15.9 x Diam. 11.6 cm (6 1/4 x 4 9/16 in.)
Provenance
[James Freeman, Kyoto, July 1999] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (1999-2006), 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
2006.170.53
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Small jar with short, constricted neck, globular body, two booted human feet, and two strap handles; gray earthenware with applique handles and feet and cord-impressed decoration. Qijia culture. From the upper Yellow River valley region; Gansu, Qinghai, or Shaanxi province or Inner Mongolia.

Note:
A sample taken from the handle of this vessel was thermoluminescence (TL) tested at Oxford Authentication Ltd. in November 1999 and determined to be consistent with the suggested period of manufacture.
Commentary
Compare to:
Two-handled jar with anthropomorphic feet and painted décor excavated from a Siba culture site in Huoshaogou, Yumen, Gansu province. See Li Yongliang, ed. Helong wenhua: lianjie gudai zhongguo yu shijie de zoulang (Hong Kong: The Commercial Press, 1998), 72, fig. 80.
Exhibition History

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

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