- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Long-necked jar
- Other Titles
- Original Language Title: 仰韶文化或馬家窯文化 石嶺下類型 彩陶壺
- Work Type
- late Yangshao to early Majiayao culture, Shilingxia phase, c. 3500-3000 BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Neolithic period
- Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3620, University Study Gallery
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- Physical Descriptions
- Earthenware with slip-painted decoration
- H. 37.8 x Diam. 29 cm (14 7/8 x 11 7/16 in.)
- [The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, 2002] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (2002-2006), partial gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2006.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial gift of the Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation and partial purchase through a fund established by Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane for the purchase of Asian art
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
- Globular vessel with flared lip, long cylindrical neck, sloping shoulders, broad midsection, and lower body tapering inward to a flat base; buff earthenware lightly burnished and decorated on the exterior with abstract designs painted in black slip; painted designs on body and neck include three large lozenge shaped medallions enclosing a fishnet pattern on the body, each surrounded by curvilinear triangles, arcs, lines, and dotted circles. From the upper Yellow River valley region, Gansu or Qinghai province.
A sample taken from the base of this vessel was thermoluminescence (TL) tested at Oxford Authentication Ltd. in October 2001 and determined to be consistent with the suggested period of manufacture.
- Compare to:
(1) Long-necked jars of similar shape and with closely related painted decoration attributed to Shilingxia excavated in 1980 at Dadiwan, Qin’an county, Gansu province, now in the Gansu Provincial Museum. See Zhongguo shehui kexue yuan, Kaogu yanjiusuo [Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences], Qin’an Dadiwan: Xinshiqi shidai yizhi fajue baogao [Dadiwan in Qin'an: Report on Excavations at a Neolithic Site], vol. 2 (Beijing: Wenwu chubanshe, 2006), CCVIII, pl. 4 and color pl. 35.2.
(2) Basin with very similar painted decoration excavated in 1975 in Zhuangjiaping, Yongdeng county, Gansu province, now in the Gansu Provincial Museum. See Zhang Pengchuan, Zhongguo caitao tu pu [Handbook of Chinese Painted Pottery Illustrations] (Beijing: Wenwu chubanshe, 1990), no. 142.
- Publication History
Transitory and Timeless: Ancient Chinese Pottery, auct. cat., The Chinese Porcelain Company (New York, 2002), no. 5, pp. 7 and 14
- Exhibition History
32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/14/2016 - 04/18/2016
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