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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.77
Title
Flat backed jar
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 大汶口文化 彩陶背壺
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 4300-2600 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Shandong province
Period
Neolithic period, Dawenkou culture, c. 4300-2600 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/148468
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with cold-painted pigments
Dimensions
H. 16.4 x W. (across handles) 17.5 x Diam. 10.5 cm (6 7/16 x 6 7/8 x 4 1/8 in.)
Provenance
[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
2006
Object Number
2006.170.77
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Jar with flared mouth and neck, globular body flattened on one side, two small strap handles on the shoulders, bordering the flattened back, and flat base; reddish buff earthenware with decoration cold-painted in white pigments on a red ground. Dawenkou culture; probably from Shandong province.
Commentary
Compare to:
Earthenware jars of the same form and with geometric cold-painted decor excavated in 1959 at Dawenkou, Tai’an, Shandong province. See Shandong sheng wenwu guanlichu [Shandong Bureau of Cultural Relics Management], Dawenkou: xinshiqi shidai muzang fajue baogao [Dawenkou: Neolithic period cemetery excavation report] (Beijing: Wenwu chubanshe, 1974), pl. 42.1-3; also see Zhongguo taoci quanji (The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics), vol. 1: Xinshiqi shidai (Neolithic period) (Shanghai: Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 2000), no. 161, pp. 180 and 300.
Publication History

Transitory and Timeless: Ancient Chinese Pottery, auct. cat., The Chinese Porcelain Company (New York, 2002), no. 2, p. 13

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