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Title

Storage jar


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Yangshao China


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware with mineral pigments


Dimensions

39.8 x 35.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Peter Muller 2008


Location

Not on display


Accession number

317.2008