Prehistoric Pottery from Northwest China

, University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums
  • Small Covered Jar with Two Lug Handles and with Geometric Decor, the Cover in the Form of a Human Head
  • Small Jar with Strap Handle and Vertical Ribs
  • Ovoid Jar with Curved, Saddle-Shaped Mouth and Two Strap Handles
  • Globular Ewer with Angular Neck, Strap Handle, Short Spout, and Top in the Form of a Laughing Human Face
  • Covered Jar with Two Strap Handles, the Cover with a Handle in the Form of a Cylinder and Disk
  • Small Jar with Tab Handle and Horizontal Ribs
  • Large, Shallow, Hemispherical Bowl with Wide Russet Band Below the Lip on the Exterior
  • Vessel (?) in the Form of a Four-Legged Animal with a Pointed Muzzle
  • Wide-Mouthed, Globular Jar with Indented Neck, Two Strap Handles, and Crosshatched Décor
  • Deep, Pear-Shaped Bowl with Pointed Base and Thickened, Lightly Flaring Lip and with Chevron Decor
  • Ovoid Jar with
  • Pouring Vessel in the Form of a Bird in Flight and with Geometric Decoration
  • Ovoid Jar with Curved, Saddle-Shaped Mouth and Two Strap Handles
  • Small Pouring Vessel with Strap Handle and Diagonal Ribs
  • Tall Amphora with Flat Bottom, Small Neck, Two Strap Handles, and Abstract, Linear Decor
  • Miniature Covered Jar with Two Loop Handles, the Tall Cover with Finial in the Form of a Stylized Human Head
  • Wide-Mouthed, Globular Jar with Short Flaring Neck, Two Loop Handles, and Pictorial Décor, the Pictorial Décor Representing Zoömorphs, Perhaps Tortoises or Frogs, on One Side, and Wavy Lines Reminiscent of Flowing Water, Perhaps a River, on the Other Side
  • Small, Wide-Mouthed Jar with Two Strap Handles, Two Small Tabs, and Geometric Décor
  • Circular Basin with Everted Lip, Two Flat Crenellated Handles, and Abstract, Geometric Decor
  • Compressed, Ovoid, Wide-Mouthed Bowl with Ribbed Decor
  • Tall Amphora Jar with Two Strap Handles, Flaring Lip, and Cord-Marked Decor
  • Circular Basin with Everted Lip and Abstract Décor
  • Jar with Flaring Mouth, Two Lug Handles, and Cord-Marked Décor
  • Pouring Vessel in the Form of a Bird in Flight and with Geometric Decoration
  • Small Jar with Constricted Waist, Flaring Lip, and Three Strap Handles
  • Small Globular Jar with Short, Straight Neck, Two Strap Handles, Two Anthropomorphic Feet, and Cord-Marked Decor
  • Large Ovoid Jar with Two Strap Handles, Flaring Lip, and Geometric Decor
  • Ovoid Jar with Two Loop Handles and Short, Flaring Neck, and with Geometric Decor
  • Small Bulbous Vessel with Strap Handle and Vertical Ribs
  • Broad-Shouldered Amphora with Flat Bottom, Cylindrical Neck, Flaring Lip, Two Lug Handles, and Geometric Decor
  • Tall Ewer with Angular Neck and Short Spout
  • Amphora with Flaring Mouth and Two Lug Handles and with Cord-Marked Decor
  • Ovoid Jar with Two Handles and Geometric Decor
  • Broad-Shouldered, Ovoid Jar with Cylindrical Neck, Flaring Lip, Two Lug Handles, and Geometric Decor
  • Wide-Mouthed, Ovoid Jar with Two Loop Handles and Abstract Décor
  • Circular Bowl or Small Basin with One Vertical Handle and Abstract Décor, the Handle with a Stylized Human Face at its End
  • Cup or Bowl with One Loop Handle and Abstract Décor
  • Small Jar with Tab Handle and Chevron Decor
  • Large Ovoid Jar with Two Strap Handles, Flaring Lip, and Abstract Decor (perhaps a stylized anthropomorph or zoomorph)
  • Elongated Ovoid Amphora with Pointed Bottom, Small Neck, Two Lug Handles, and Cord-Marked Decor
  • Small Jar with Strap Handle and Diagonal Ribs
  • Small Rattle in the Form of an Animal with Globular Body, Long Neck, and Pointed Muzzle
  • Ovoid Storage Jar with Two Lug Handles, with Short Neck and Flaring Lip, and with Abstract Spiral Decor
  • Small, Deep, Hemispherical Bowl with Wide Band Below the Lip on the Exterior
  • Cocoon-Shaped Jar with Two Short, Flaring Vertical Spouts, Two Strap Handles, and Geometric Décor
  • Large Bulbous Jar or Bottle with Flaring Lip and Abstract Décor
  • Circular Bowl or Small Basin with Two Arching Handles and Spiral Decor
  • Small Ewer with Strap Handle and with Top in the Form of a Face with a Large, Open Mouth  (so-called
  • Wide-Mouthed Jar with Long Neck, Two Strap Handles, and Geometric Décor
  • Large, Ovoid Jar with Cylindrical Neck, Flaring Lip, Two Loop Handles, and Geometric Decoration of So-called
  • Small, Compressed Globular Vessel with Lightly Flaring Spout, Strap Handle, and Animal-Head Decor
  • Small Pouring Vessel with Short Spout, Two Strap Handles, and Geometric and Cord-Marked Decor
On View Locate on Floor Plan University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

Ancient pottery vessels are not only works of art but also representations of technical achievement, products of economic value, and windows into ancient history and society. This installation showcases approximately 60 excellent, yet rarely seen prehistoric Chinese ceramics from the collections of the Harvard Art Museums and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

This installation complements a course taught by Rowan Flad, the John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology at Harvard University, and has been organized with Ling-yu Hung, the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and assistant professor of anthropology at Indiana University in Bloomington.

The installation is made possible in part by funding from the Gurel Student Exhibition Fund and the José Soriano Fund at the Harvard Art Museums, as well as support from the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

The University Study Gallery supports the coursework of numerous Harvard departments and schools. It is a gallery classroom dedicated to the installation of original works of art that serve as primary source materials for interdisciplinary study.

Related Programming

Information about gallery talks related to Prehistoric Pottery from Northwest China can be found in our calendar: www.harvardartmuseums.org/calendar. Additionally, the Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA) hold their seventh worldwide conference in Cambridge and Boston (at Harvard and Boston Universities) on June 8 to 12, 2016, organized by Rowan Flad of Harvard University and Robert Murowchick of Boston University: www.seaa-web.org/conf16-pre.htm