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early 8th century c.e.

Earthenware with cobalt-blue lead glaze

5 1/2 × 6 1/4 in. (13.97 × 15.88 cm)
Wayland Wells Williams, B.A. 1910, Collection, Gift of Mrs. Frances Wayland Williams
The dark blue glaze covering this jar derives from cobalt, an oxide ore that was later used as a pigment for blue-and-white porcelain—the development of which in the mid-fourteenth century changed the course of global ceramic history. Mines in the Henan and Gansu Provinces may have been the source for the native cobalt that first decorated funerary and trade ceramics in the eighth and ninth centuries C.E.
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Tang dynasty (618–907 C.E.)
Containers - Ceramics

George Aristides Eumorfopoulos (1863–1939), London; sale, Sotheby's, London, May 28, 1940, lot 42; sold through Bluett and Sons, London, to Wayland Wells Williams (1888–1945), New Haven, Conn.; by descent to Frances Wayland Williams, by 1947; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1947


George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 22–23, no. 31, ill.

R. L. Hobson, The Catalogue of the George Eumorfopoulos Collection of Chinese, Corean, and Persian Pottery and Porcelain, 6 vols. (London: Ernest Benn, Ltd., 1925), Cat. 1, no. 336, pl. 51.

R. L. Hobson, The George Eumorfopoulos Collection: Catalogue of the Chinese, Corean, and Persian Pottery and Porcelain, 6 vols. (London: E. Benn, ltd., 1925–28), no. 336, pl. 51.

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