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Banshan type jar

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At A Glance

  • Period

    5000-2000 BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Earthenware with iron pigments
  • Dimension

    H x W: 25.8 x 29.1 cm (10 3/16 x 11 7/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Vase: wide-bellied with cylindrical neck and straight lip. Two flat vertical ears at lip and two flat loop handles at widest point of body. Body: soft fine-grained buff colored clay, potted thin. Decoration: neck and upper part of body painted with symbolic patterns in black and chocolate brown.
  • Provenance

    To 1930
    George Findlay Andrew (1887-1971), Gansu, China to 1930 [1]
    From 1930
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from George Findlay Andrew, Gansu, China, through Carl W. Bishop in 1930 [2]
    [1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also account book for Freer Gallery of Art Expedition Fund, February 10, 1930 to June 30, 1932, second page of Gold Account.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Chinese Art (January 1, 1963 to March 6, 1981)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Ceramics (March 7, 1957 to January 1, 1963)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Ceramics, 1955 (September 19, 1955 to November 10, 1955)
    Centennial Exhibition, Gallery 13 (November 10, 1955 to March 1, 1957)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Metalwork, Pottery, and Painting (March 23, 1944 to May 2, 1946)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    George Findlay Andrew (1887-1971)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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