red-orange bowl with tan accretions overall

Bowl, c. 4500 BCE

Unknown artist, expand_more

Pan-po type Earthenwareexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2003.140.4

The Yang shao culture (c. 5000-3000 BCE) located in the middle region of the Yellow River (Huang he) was at its zenith in the fifth millenium BCE. A complex neolithic settlement was discovered at the village of Panbo near Xi'an in Shanxi province which became the namesake to a whole range of ceramic artifacts made in this region. Panbo phase (4800-4300 BCE) pottery is rich in shapes and decorative techniques including painting.

The beauty of this relatively plain bowl, however, is based on its fine, even potting and well-proportioned profile. Thin walled and perfectly hemispherical in shape, this elegant vessel exemplifies the highest standard of hand-built ceramic production. Evidence from excavation sites around Panbo suggests that large bowls such as this were sometimes used as lids to funerary urns.

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Bowl
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Artist
Accession Number
2003.140.4
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red-orange bowl with tan accretions overall