thinly potted circular form with steeply rounded sides resting on flat rimless foot; painted black in linear design of concentric rings encircling round "eye" in center with two bands of arcs around the well above and below a central divider of three horizontal lines; everted rim, decorated with multiple "eyes" separated by clusters of oblique lines and one sector of crosshatched lines; exterior painted with three long wavy-line motifs, each ending with a curled-back hook and joining to form a continuous frieze below the rim; burnished overall to a smooth surface

Basin, c. 3000 BCE

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The form of this thin-walled, hand-built basin follows a Panbo type shape of the Yang shao culture that was already in use nearly a thousand years before this vessel was made. The wide rounded bowl has a fairly small flat base and an everted rim with a broad, rounded rim flange. Typical of much Majiayao ware, it is made of yellowish-brown earthenware, extensively painted in overall concentric and spiral patterns. It is exquisitely burnished imparting a rich luster to its interior surface.

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2003.200.1
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thinly potted circular form with steeply rounded sides resting on flat rimless foot; painted black in linear design of concentric rings encircling round "eye" in center with two bands of arcs around the well above and below a central divider of three horizontal lines; everted rim, decorated with multiple "eyes" separated by clusters of oblique lines and one sector of crosshatched lines; exterior painted with three long wavy-line motifs, each ending with a curled-back hook and joining to form a continuous frieze below the rim; burnished overall to a smooth surface