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Dou Vessel with Octagon Designs
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It is an interesting object. The exterior surface of the plate is decorated with octagon designs, which by some scholars are interpreted as the rays of the sun. However, other scholars believe the eight corners represent a spatial orientation in the Dawenkou cosmology,while the central square represents the earth. Altogether,the design may have symbolized a cosmology or worldview characterized by the Round Heaven and the Square Earth.

History of the Object
The Dawenkou culture is a name given by archaeologists to a group of Neolithic communities who lived primarily in Shandong. The culture existed from 4100 BC to 2600 BCE. The Dawenkou Site is located along the Wenhe River in Dawenkou Town of Tai'an City, Shandong Province. The Shandong Provincial Museum carried out an excavations. The Dawenkou Culture was named after the site in 1964. The site dates back to 3500-2500 BCE, with its burial ground being a relic of the paternal clan society.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
pottery 
Measurements
Rim Diameter 26 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Dawenkou Culture 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 41th century ~ BCE 26th century 
Creation date
BCE; 41st Century BCE - 26th Century BCE;Neolithic Age;Dawenkou Culture (4100-2600 BCE); early phase 
Function
Food Container 
Acquisition
Excavated from the Dawenkou site in Tai'an City in 1974 and then transferred to the museum. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Shandong Museum 
Museum
Shandong Museum 
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