© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.11
Title
Wide-mouthed jar
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 仰韶文化或馬家窯文化 石嶺下類型 彩陶罐
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
Shilingxia type, date uncertain
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/147220
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with slip-painted decoration
Dimensions
H. 20.6 x Diam. 27.5 cm (8 1/8 x 10 13/16 in.)
Provenance
[J.J. Lally & Co., 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 the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.11
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.
Descriptions
Description
Compressed ovoid vessel with everted rim, sloping shoulders, lower body tapering inward to a flat base, and two loop handles angled downward, positioned bilaterally at the midsection; buff earthenware lightly burnished and decorated with abstract designs painted in dark brown slip before firing; painted designs on upper half of body and rim include cruciform motifs within medallions surrounded by curvilinear triangles, arcs, and lines. Decoration reminiscent of painted pottery from Shilingxia.
Commentary
Compare to:
Bottle with similar painted designs excavated in 1977 from a Majiayao site in Linjia, Dongxiang autonomous prefecture, 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. 193.
Exhibition History

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/14/2016 - 04/18/2016

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

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu