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An image of Amphora with saddle-shaped mouth by

Gansu Province, China

Title
Amphora with saddle-shaped mouth
Place of origin
Gansu ProvinceChina
Cultural origin
Siwa culture
Year
14th century BCE-11th century BCE
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
earthenware
Dimensions

13.0 x 9.0 cm

Credit
Gift of WU Jiyuan 2008
Accession number
319.2008
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

This very finely constructed amphora has a sharply tapering form, with a pair of strap handles arched from the sides of the scooped and flared rim to the high shoulder, raised on a flat base. The curvy mouth of such amphora is known in China as 'saddle-shaped' and is the most characteristic feature of amphora from the Siwa culture developed in the present day Gansu province. The Siwa culture was contemporary to the second part of the Shang dynasty, dating from the 14th to 11th centuries. Pottery jars from the Siwa culture are rarer than those of the preceding late Neolithic Qijia and Majiayao cultures also from Gansu province, and most known examples are made from an orange coloured pottery. The surface is finely burnished making this jar a real pleasure to handle as well as to look at.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2008.

Exhibition history (1)

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015