Jar, round, with decoration of incised geometrical designs in three bands around shoulder and body. Three projecting rings for handles- two on shoulder and one midway between on lower part of body; polished surface, no glaze. Grey earthenware.

Beaker-shaped Vessel, 13th-11th century BCE

Unknown artist, expand_more

This handsome wheel-thrown vessel with its raised bosses, taut symmetrical profile and thin walls, suggests a metalware prototype. A Shang innovation was the development of a high-fired clay body that is dense, hard, and impervious to liquid. Near stoneware hardness, these vessels were fired at a relatively high temperature around 1200 degrees C. High-fired ware was a considerable improvement over low-fired earthenware which was porous and permeable and less suitable for prolonged storage.

Details
Title
Beaker-shaped Vessel
Role
Artist
Dimension
5 in. (12.7 cm)
Accession Number
34.13.1
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Jar, round, with decoration of incised geometrical designs in three bands around shoulder and body. Three projecting rings for handles- two on shoulder and one midway between on lower part of body; polished surface, no glaze. Grey earthenware.