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Tang period, 8th-9th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Chinese
Title: Jar
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Creation Start Date: 700
Creation End Date: 899
Creation Date: Tang period, 8th-9th century
Creation Place: North China
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramics
Materials and Techniques: Stoneware with glaze
Dimensions: H. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm); D. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: Asia Society
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1979.130
Credit Line: Asia Society: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection
Context: Stonewares covered with black, dark brown, or very dark blue glazes were produced throughout northern China during the Tang period (618-906). Black glazes appear to have been used primarily to decorate common objects rather than those intended for court or as burial goods. Similar glazes continued to be used for household goods during the Northern Song period (960-1127), and stonewares of this type remain difficult to date precisely.

The very bulbous body of this wide-mouthed jar, which was probably used for storage, suggests that it dates to the 8th or 9th century because many smaller jars of a similar shape date to the Tang period. In comparison, Song-period examples of this type of jar generally have much straighter sides.

Related Document Description: Asia Society. Handbook of the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection. New York: Asia Society, [1981], p. 62.
AMICA ID: ASIA.1979.130
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, Asia Society

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