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Pot with Two Small Handles

5000 BCE - 2000 BCE

8 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 1/8 in. (21 x 35.8 x 0.3 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2009.28.13
Geography: Asia, China, Kansu Region
Culture/Nationality: Chinese
This Neolithic pot displays the skill of Yangshao potters, who produced some of the earliest painted ceramics in China. The Yangshao archaeological culture consisted of hundreds of settlements in the region of the Yellow River and Wei River and stretched across the northwestern plains from Shaanxi province in central China to Gansu province in the west.

The black and purple designs on this pot are typical of ceramic decoration from the Yangshao period. Made from coils of clay that were stacked and smoothed, this pot has the balanced form, wide mouth, and swelling silhouette that are characteristic of the era.

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  • Asian - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Asia, which is in the eastern hemisphere, and is bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and is generally considered to be delimited on the west by the Ural Mountains. It also refers to the numerous islands off the coast of Asia.
  • Chinese - The cultures, styles, and periods characteristic of China. To specifically refer to the cultures of ancient Chine, use "Ancient Chinese."
  • handles - Those portions of, or attachments to, objects that are designed to be grasped by the hand.
  • pots - Cylindrical or rounded containers, often of metal or earthenware and varying in size; used chiefly for domestic purposes.
  • pottery - Generally, all ware made of ceramic, which is any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature. In specialized usage, it typically does not include porcelain, which is a type of ceramic ware made of a refractory white clay, or "kaolin," and a feldspathic rock, that react when fired so the clay serves to hold the shape of the object and the rock fuses into a natural glass.
  • Yangshao - Refers to a Neolithic Chinese culture and period that flourished ca. 5000 to ca. 3000 BCE. The earliest known Neolithic Chinese culture, Yangshao culture is mainly characterized by its red and black painted pottery. It is named after a site at Yangshao cun in Henan province, discovered in 1921 by the Swedish archaeologist Johan Gunnar Andersson. Centered on the Wei River valley, it covered a large area from Baoji, Shaanxi province, eastwards into Henan province.

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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College , 9/24/2010 - 5/28/2011

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  • Marianne Hansen and Emily Croll. Worlds to Discover. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
    Page Number: 25

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