The strongly potted Neolithic jar is large, thin-walled and ovoid in form. It is decorated in red pigment with geometric patterns on its upper portion. The design is characteristic of painted earthenwares of the Majiayao culture (c.3300-2000 BCE), belonging to the Mangchang phase (c.2300-2000 BCE), named for a site at Machangyuan in western Qinghai Province.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 15 October 2002.
Place where the work was made
circa 2300 BCE-2000 BCE
13.0 cm diam. of mouth; 37.7 x 37.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Elisabeth M. Smith 2002
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–13 Mar 2016
Referenced in 1 publication
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 101 (colour illus.).