Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Flattened Jar

Sui (581–618)–early Tang (618–907) dynasty
ca. late 6th–7th century
Stoneware with molded decoration under olive-yellow glaze
H. 8 15/16 in. (22.7 cm); W. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); D. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
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.)
[ Laiyuan & Company , until 1916; sold to MMA]
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