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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.13
Title
Bottle
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 馬家窯文化馬家窯類型 彩陶瓶
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
Majiayao phase, c. 3300-2650 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period, Majiayao culture, c. 3300-2000 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/173616
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with slip-painted decoration
Dimensions
H. 20.3 x W. (across handles)14.1 x Diam. 11.4 cm (8 x 5 9/16 x 4 1/2 in.)
Provenance
[Eskenazi, Ltd., London] sold; to [J.J. Lally & Co., New York, by March 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 the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.13
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Small ovoid vessel with everted lip, cylindrical neck, sloping shoulders, lower body tapering inward to a small flat base, and two loop handles just below shoulders; buff earthenware lightly burnished and decorated with abstract designs painted in black slip before firing; painted designs on body, neck, and rim include eye-like dotted roundels surrounded by curvilinear triangles swirling and horizontal lines encircling the neck and lower body. and crossed lines encircling the vessel, each surrounded by curvilinear triangles, arcs, and lines. Majiayao culture, Majiayao type. From the upper Yellow River valley region; Gansu, Qinghai, or Ningxia province.
Commentary
Compare to:
Small painted pottery bottle of similar form with closely related painted decoration excavated in 1973 from a Majiayao site at the Xianghu cemetery, Lanzhou, Gansu province, now in the Gansu Provincial Museum. See Zhongguo taoci quanji [The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics], vol. 1: Xinshiqi shidai [Neolithic period] (Shanghai: Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 2000), no. 58, pp. 102 and 266.
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

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