Funerary Urn, Yang shao culture, Ma-chang type, earthenware with black and purple painted decor, two handles. Decor unusual in showing two stylized kneeling figures between cross-hatched circles.

Funerary Storage Jar, c. 2300 BCE

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The seemingly abstract zigzag designs on the burial storage jar are a stylized version of a human-like stick figure. The neck of the jar in this case represents the head. Built from coils of clay, the vessel relates in shape to the earlier Panshan (2600-2300 b.c.) jars shown here, but its proportions are more elongated and its surface is matt and unburnished. Related Mazhang (2200-2000 b.c.) type jars have been excavated in Gansu and Qinghai provinces in northwest China.

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Funerary Storage Jar
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Accession Number
86.43
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Funerary Urn, Yang shao culture, Ma-chang type, earthenware with black and purple painted decor, two handles. Decor unusual in showing two stylized kneeling figures between cross-hatched circles.