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Mortuary Art from China

Throughout its long history, Chinese culture has continuously shown a special reverence for the deceased; this is rooted in the belief that the dead are still present and are able to influence life on earth. For many centuries, a tomb was considered a lasting home for the body, to be equipped with the same kinds of material goods that provided pleasure and comfort in life. Because buried artifacts are more likely to survive the passage of time, our most vivid and tangible understanding of ancient Chinese life often comes from objects excavated from tombs.

Ceramics have played a central role in tomb furnishings in many historical periods as storage containers for grain and wine and as ming qi, or “spirit goods.” Manufactured exclusively for tombs, ming qi are the miniature clay models of houses, livestock pens, animals, and humans that so delight us today for their charming recreation of village and city life. Ming qi first came into widespread use in the Han dynasty, partly as substitutes for human and animal sacrifices, but also as a reflection of a new, more practical worldview.

Guardian figures demonstrate another interesting aspect of Chinese mortuary culture. It was believed that after death the soul was freed from the body and could roam around the universe without hindrance; since family members did not like the idea of powerful ancestors, particularly those with unsettled grievances, wandering around freely, guardians were posted at the doorways of tombs to keep spirits from getting either out or in.

A buff stoneware jar rising up from a tall foot ring in an elongated globular body with lobes tapering towards the mouth. This jar has incised decoration, and five tubes evenly spaced and protruding upwards from the shoulder. The mouth is covered with a high domed lid, incised, and topped with a lotus bud finial. The jar is covered in an olive green celadon glaze.
Chinese
Covered Five-tube Jar
stoneware with glaze
13 in x 7 7/8 in x 7 1/2 in (33 cm x 20 cm x 19 cm);12 3/16 in (31 cm);9 7/16 in (24 cm);14 9/16 in (37 cm)
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
A buff stoneware jar rising up from a tall foot ring in an elongated globular body with lobes tapering towards the mouth.  There is incised decoration, and five tubes evenly spaced and protruding upwards from the belly. The mouth is covered with a high truncated conical lid, incised, and topped with a dog finial.  It is covered in an olive green celadon glaze.  On the lid is accession number 1987/2.46B.
Chinese
Covered Five-tube Jar
1000 – 1199
stoneware
Museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer and the Friends of the Museum
1987/2.46A&B
A shallow basin with a flat bottom and gently curved sides, a slightly inverted direct rim, and a central sculpted bird with outstreached wings.  It is covered in a gray-green celadon glaze.
Chinese
Bowl with Bird
317 – 439
stoneware, glaze
Gift of Ping and Zenobia Lee
2005/2.88
A stoneware globular jar with straight, wide neck and direct rim, and bowstring bands around the waist and shoulder, four loop lugs connecting the neck to shoulder, and the upper half covered in a gray-green celadon glaze. 
Chinese
Jar
stoneware with glaze
7 3/4 in x 8 7/8 in (19.68 cm x 22.54 cm);9 1/16 in x 9 7/16 in (23.02 cm x 23.97 cm)
Museum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
A globular pot with a flat bottom, a neck and mouth angled to one side, and a coil handle curving up from neck to top of pot.  There is bow-string decoration around pot and neck, and it is covered in a gray-green glaze. 
Chinese
Chamber Pot
317 – 439
stoneware, glaze
Gift of Ping and Zenobia Lee
2005/2.81
A stoneware globular jar on a foot ring with a wide mouth, a short, straight neck with direct rim, four coil looped lugs connecting neck to shoulder, a bow string incised line around shoulder, and the top half covered in a straw-colored glaze. 
Chinese
Jar
stoneware with glaze
5 1/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 5 1/8 in (13.02 cm x 13.02 cm x 13.02 cm)
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
Buff stoneware jar rising up from a tall foot ring in an elongated globular body with lobes tapering towards the mouth. The jar has incised decoration and five tubes evenly spaced and protruding upwards from the shoulder. The mouth is covered with a high domed lid incised, and topped with a lotus bud finial. The jar is covered in an olive green celadon glaze.
Chinese
Covered Five-tube Jar
stoneware with glaze
8 11/16 in x 6 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in (22 cm x 16.5 cm x 16.5 cm);8 11/16 in x 6 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in (22 cm x 16.5 cm x 16.5 cm);10 13/16 in x 6 5/16 in x 6 5/16 in (27.4 cm x 16 cm x 16 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Henry Jewett Greene for The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jewett Greene Memorial Collection
Chinese
Bowl with Goat
317 – 439
stoneware, glaze
Gift of Ping and Zenobia Lee
2005/2.83
A shallow basin with flat bottom and gently curved sides, a slightly inverted direct rim, and a single reclining dog sculpted in the center of the base.  It is covered in a gray-green celadon glaze.
Chinese
Bowl with Dog
317 – 439
stoneware, glaze
Gift of Ping and Zenobia Lee
2005/2.84
A stoneware globular bodied ewer with a narrow, flaring neck and dish-shaped mouth, a curved handle extending from the rim to the shoulder, a spout in the form of a chicken head, and two lug handles on the shoulder.  It is covered in a dark brown-black glaze. 
Chinese
Chicken Head Ewer
317 – 439
stoneware, glaze
Gift of Ping and Zenobia Lee
2005/2.93
This is a squat stoneware jar with a globular body on a footring and a tall, straight, flaring neck. Legs and frog heads have been applied around the body, with four lug handles applied around the neck. Iron oxide spots have been painted on the handles and around the neck, the jar is covered with an olive gray-green celadon glaze.
Chinese
Jar
stoneware with glaze and iron oxide underglaze
4 5/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 5 1/8 in (11.8 cm x 13 cm x 13 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
A globular stoneware ewer with a wide foot and narrow trumpeted neck with direct rim. It has a short straight spout placed high upon the shoulder, and coiled handle with articulation extending from the mouth to the shoulder. It is covered in a dark brown glaze stopping high above the foot.
Chinese
Ewer
stoneware with glaze
4 5/8 in x 4 1/8 in x 4 1/8 in (11.8 cm x 10.5 cm x 10.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Henry Jewett Greene for The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jewett Greene Memorial Collection

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Cabinet D: Shelf 2
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Cabinet D: Shelf 3
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Cabinet E: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

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Cabinet E: Shelf 3
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Cabinet F: Shelf 1
<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

Cabinet F: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet F: Shelf 3
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 1
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 3 
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 1
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 3
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet I: Shelf 1
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet I: Shelf 2
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet I: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 1
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 2
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 1
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 2
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 1
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 2
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 3
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet M: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

Cabinet M: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

Cabinet M: Shelf 3
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet N: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

Cabinet N: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

Cabinet N: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 1
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 2
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 1
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 2
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet Q: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

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<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

Cabinet Q: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

Cabinet Q: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 1
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 2
<p>Apostle Spoons and American Silver</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 3
<p>Modernist Glass and American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 1
<p>American Silver</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 2
<p>Tiffany Glass</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 3
<p>American Silver</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 1
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 2
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 3
<p>Native American Art</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 1
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 2
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 3
<p>Native American Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 1
<p>The Human Figure in African Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 2
<p>African Miniature Masks</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 3
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 1
<p>The Head in African Art</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 4
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 1
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 2
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 3
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 4
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 2
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 3
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 4
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

12 Collection Object Sources

Bowl with Bird (2005/2.88)
Jar (1969/2.88)
Chamber Pot (2005/2.81)
Jar (1964/2.70)
Bowl with Goat (2005/2.83)
Bowl with Dog (2005/2.84)
Jar (1963/1.89)
Ewer (1971/2.72)

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