Majang ware urn

Historical period(s)
Neolithic period, ca. 2000 BCE
Medium
Earthenware with painted decoration
Style
Gansu ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 24.5 x 21.2 x 21.2 cm (9 5/8 x 8 3/8 x 8 3/8 in)
Geography
China, Gansu province
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Anna C. Chennault
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1973.18
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Container
Type

Urn

Keywords
China, earthenware, Gansu ware, Neolithic period (ca. 7000 - ca. 1700 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

By the time this earthenware vessel was made, Chinese potters had been shaping and firing clays for nearly two thousand years, a long-standing expertise reflected in the object's confident shapes and matching dynamic designs.  Burnished surfaces, like that on the storage urn, indicate special treatment and may reveal the unusual status of their owners.  As many as one hundred such earthenwares have been found in a single tomb, suggesting that Neolithic vessels shared similar functions and status as bronze vessels during the ensuing Bronze Age.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 2.
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 18, p. 28.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 61.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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