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Painted urn of Majiayao ceramic tradition
K-05196
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The urn represents high quality neolithic craftsmanship and painting. The vigorous spiral pattern and zoomorphic (headless frogs?) figures make it a highly attractive piece of art. The fact that it is part of the first collection of Chinese painted neolithic pottery to be scientifically documented and studied adds to its culture-historical value.

History of the Object
A funerary urn. Originally forming part of the burial equipment of a grave.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Earthenware, painted 
Measurements
Width 28 cm Height 36 cm  
Creator name
Unknown. 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Gansu province 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 33th century ~ BCE 27th century 
Creation date
BCE -33th Century- 27th Century; Neolithic period, Majiayao ceramic tradition, 3300-2700 B.C. 
Function
Urn deposited in a grave 
Acquisition
Bought in 1923-24 in Jin xian, Gansu province by the Swedish archaeologist Johan Gunnar Andersson during the Chinese-Swedish archaeological field work in NW China. The whole collection of neolithic material was brought to Sweden for publication. According to the Chinese-Swedish agreement the archaeological collection was split in half. Material that was to go back to China was sent in seven shipments between 1927 and 1936. Material that was to remain in Sweden formed the basis of the collection of what became the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. 
Copyright
The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 
Acknowledgements
Eva Myrdal, Göte Nilsson Schönborg, curators. Karl Zetterström, Erik Cornelius, photo. 
Owner
The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (MFEA) 
Museum
Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 
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