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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.28.A-B
Title
Small jar with anthropomorphic cover
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 馬家窯文化半山類型 彩陶人形蓋罐
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
Banshan phase, c. 2650-2300 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period, Majiayao culture, c. 3300-2000 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/173621
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with slip-painted decoration
Dimensions
H. (with cover) 13.1 x W. (across handles) 14.3 x Diam. 11.5 cm (5 3/16 x 5 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.)
Provenance
[J.J. Lally & Co., New York, June 2001] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (2001-2006), 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
2006.170.28.A-B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Small ovoid jar with two lug handles, zigzag mouth opening, and fitted cover with knob in the form of a human head; buff earthenware with geometric decoration painted in black slip. Majiayao culture, Banshan type. From the upper Yellow River valley region; Gansu, Qinghai, or Ningxia province.
Commentary
Compare to:
Vessel covers in the form of human heads excavated in Banshan, Guanghe county, Gansu province, now in the Museum for Far Eastern Antiquities. See Zhang Pengchuan, Zhongguo caitao tu pu [Handbook of Illustrations of Chinese Painted Pottery] (Beijing: Wenwu chubanshe, 1990), nos. 552 and 553.
Exhibition History

Prehistoric Pottery from Northwest China, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016

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