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Urn
RKM 9-1953
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The urn is a magnificent example of early Stone Age burial pottery. The urn is 4,000 years old and impressive in its size and splendid decoration. The fact that it was discovered by a Swedish geologist makes it all the more valuable to us. Kerstin Lekholm, Conservator, Röhsska Museum

History of the Object
In 1921 the Swedish geologist Johan Gunnar Andersson came across a dwelling place in the Yellow River valley that held pottery from the early Stone Age. It was the first discovery in modern times from China’s early Stone Age. Thanks to his pioneering efforts in researching the subject, the Röhsska Museum was able to acquire a unique collection of objects from pre-historic times. The urn is built up using the coil method, and the upper part has powerfully delineated embellishments of borders and wavy lines glazed with black and red iron oxide and some magnesium. The urn has taken its name from the first place of discovery, namely Panshan, a province in western Kansu. The painted ceramics are of a type similar to those discovered further west in Asia, Southern Russia and Iran.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Fired clay 
Measurements
Width 35.7 cm Height 39.5 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Kansu Province; China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 20th century ~ BCE 20th century 
Creation date
BCE; Late 2nd millennium BC 
Function
Burial urn 
Acquisition
The urn was purchased for the museum at the Winkel och Magnusson Auction House, in 1953. 
Copyright
The Röhsska Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Röhsska Museum 
Museum
The Röhsska Museum, of Design, Fashion and Decorative Arts 
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