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Flattened Jar

Period:
Sui (581–618)–early Tang (618–907) dynasty
Date:
ca. late 6th–7th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Stoneware with molded decoration under dark brown glaze
Dimensions:
H. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters, 1926
Accession Number:
26.292.44
Not on view
The mold-impressed design on either side of these two jars is suggestive of classic Greek ornament. The scrolling grapevine decorative motif has an ultimate Hellenistic prototype; it can be traced from the West through Central Asia to China. This design became part of the Chinese decorative repertoire in several kinds of art in the Six Dynasties (220–589) period. (According to tradition, the domesticated grape itself was introduced into China from the West in the second century B.C.)
Mrs. Samuel T. Peters , New York (until 1926)
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