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Asian Art

Vase

12th–13th century

Stoneware with green glaze (Longquan ware)

6 5/8 × 3 5/8 in. (16.8 × 9.2 cm)
Wayland Wells Williams, B.A. 1910, Collection, Gift of Mrs. Frances Wayland Williams
1949.278
The two nonfunctional knobs on the sides of this vase likely reference metal vessels of this shape that were used for a game known as touhu, in which arrows were shot into the neck of a vase and its two narrow openings at the sides.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Wayland Wells Williams (1888–1945) Collection, New Haven, Conn.; Mrs. Frances Wayland Williams; gift in 1949 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

David Ake Sensabaugh, The Scholar as Collector: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2004), 18–19, 43, no. 26, fig. 8.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.