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Title

Storage jar

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yangshao China
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    317.2008
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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.