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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.79
Title
Flat backed jarFlat backed jar
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 大汶口文化 黑陶背壺
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 4300-2600 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period, Dawenkou culture, c. 4300-2600 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/185453
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black earthenware
Dimensions
H. 16.4 x W. 11 cm (6 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.)
Provenance
[J.J. Lally & Co., New York, December 1999] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (1999-2006), 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 the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.79
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Jar with flared mouth, cylindrical neck, ovoid body flattened on one side, two small loop handles on the shoulders, bordering the flattened back, pointed tab on the front, and flat base; lightly burnished, blackened earthenware with applique elements. Dawenkou culture. From the middle and lower Yellow River valley regions; Shandong, northern Jiangsu, northern Anhui, and eastern Henan provinces.
Commentary
Compare to:
Smaller earthenware vessel of related form excavated in 1963 from a Dawenkou site at Xixiahou in Shandong province. See Kaogu Xuebao 3 (1986): 324, fig. 15:13.

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