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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.8
Title
Wide-mouthed jar with pointed base
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 仰韶文化史家類型 彩陶尖底罐
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
Shijia phase, c. 4000 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Shaanxi province
Period
Neolithic period, Yangshao culture, c. 5000-3000 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/70467
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with traces of slip-painted decoration
Dimensions
H. 19.5 x Diam. (across body) 17 cm (7 11/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
Provenance
[J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 2004] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (2004-2006), 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
2006.170.8
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Deep pear-shaped vessel with lightly flared thickened lip, rounded bottom, and flattened conical projection at base; red earthenware lightly burnished on the exterior and decorated with a chevron-pattern painted in black slip before firing; interior with encrustations of earth from burial. Early middle Yangshao culture, Shijia type. From the middle Yellow River valley region, Shaanxi province.
Commentary
Compare to:
Jar of similar shape and decoration excavated in 1975 from a Shijia site in 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. 26, pp. 74 and 255.
Exhibition History

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

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