- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Amphora with pointed base
- Other Titles
- Original Language Title: 仰韶文化 半坡類型 陶 尖底雙耳瓶
- Work Type
- Banpo phase, c. 5000-4000 BCE
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Shaanxi province
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Shaanxi province, Xi‘an
- Neolithic period, Yangshao culture, c. 5000-3000 BCE
- Physical Descriptions
- Earthenware with impressed decoration
- H. 37 x W. (across handles) 24 cm (14 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
- [J.J. Lally & Co., New York, September 1998] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (1998-2006), 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
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Inverted tear-drop-shaped vessel; rounded shoulders; body tapering to a pointed base; short neck with cupped mouth; two loop handles positioned bilaterally just below shoulders; red earthenware body, the upper half cord-marked (i.e., textured with impressions created by a cord-wrapped implement tapped against the moist clay before firing); interior and exterior encrusted with earth from burial. Yangshao culture, Banpo type.
Vessels of this form—with small mouths, pointed bases, and bilateral loop handles—were used to collect and carry water and were produced in abundance during the late Neolithic period in the middle Yellow River valley region.
A sample taken from the base of this vessel was thermoluminescence (TL) tested at Oxford Authentication Ltd. in September 1998 and determined to be consistent with the suggested period of manufacture.
- Related Examples:
(1) Small amphora with similar rounded shoulders excavated in 1975 at Jiangzhai, Lintong county, Shaanxi province, now in the Shaanxi History Museum. See Zhongguo taoci quanji [The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics], vol. 1: Xinshiqi shidai [Neolithic period] (Shanghai: Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 2000), no. 17, p. 66 and p. 252.
(2) Amphora with similar cupped mouth and textured surface excavated in 1972 at Jiangzhai, Lintong county, Shaanxi province, now in the National History Museum, Beijing. See ibid., no. 16, p. 65 and p. 252; and Kaogu 3 (1973): pl. 2 and p. 144, fig. 17.2.
(3) Small amphora excavated from Banpocun, Xi’an, Shaanxi province, now in the British Museum. See Sheila Vainker, Chinese Pottery and Porcelain (London: British Museum, 1991), pl. 1 (left), p. 13.
- Exhibition History
Prehistoric Pottery from Northwest China, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016
- Subjects and Contexts
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