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Collection

An image of Storage jar by

Yangshao, China

Title
Storage jar
Place of origin
YangshaoChina
Period
Neolithic period 10,000 - circa 2100 BCE → China
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
earthenware with mineral pigments
Dimensions

39.8 x 35.0 cm

Credit
Gift of Peter Muller 2008
Accession number
317.2008
Location
Not on display
Further information

This earthenware storage jar is made of a reddish brown clay. As with most Yangshao storage jars from Gansu the surface decoration is confined to the top two-thirds of the vessel. Across the shoulder of the jar four evenly placed large circular shapes with red bands are filled in the centre with a crisscross design. The design is thought to be a development of the ‘four large vortices’ of the Majiayao phrase (3300-2050 BCE), but here, during the Machang phase (2310-2050 BCE), the ‘vortices’ degenerated into a more static but nevertheless highly symmetrical pattern.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2008.