Majiayao culture / Basin (pen) / ca. 3200?2700 B.C.Majiayao culture
Basin (pen)
ca. 3200?2700 B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese; Majiayao
Creator Name-CRT: Majiayao culture
Title: Basin (pen)
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 2
Creation Date: ca. 3200?2700 B.C.
Creation Place: Gansu Province, China
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware with painted decoration
Dimensions: Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Description: Pottery with painted decoration is among the most remarkable of the archaeological remains from Neolithic cultures that flourished along the banks of the Yellow River. One of China's earliest and most widespread, the Yangshao culture is divided into two branches: the nuclear Yangshao, located in Henan and Shaanxi provinces, and the subsequent Majiayao (or Gansu Yangshao), situated in Gansu and parts of Qinghai Province. Both branches are subdivided into six phases, named after specific archaeological sites, which share architectural forms, stone implements, and high-fired earthenware. However, the shapes and decorations of these ceramics vary, and earthenware from the northwest is distinguished from that of earlier periods by the complexity and density of the designs. The flowing curvilinear forms painted on this shallow basin typify ceramics associated with the Majiayao phase. On the outside wall, "hand" motifs are painted in a natural, fluid brush line; on the inside wall, an ambiguity between figure and ground is created by the prominent role of unpainted areas within the overall design.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: L.1996.55.6
Credit Line: Anonymous Loan
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Majiayao phase
AMICA ID: MMA_.L.1996.55.6
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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