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Banshan-type urn

Photo: Paul Macapia

Banshan-type urn

ca. 2600-2300 B.C.

Painted potteries of the Majiayao culture flourished in northwestern China in the Neolithic period. The varied designs, sometimes accented with white, show a preference for linear, curvilinear, and abstract patterns. The decoration is best viewed from above, suggesting that in their original context the vessels would probably have been placed on the ground or a low platform.
Earthenware with painted decoration in black, maroon
14 1/8 x 7 5/8 in. (35.88 x 19.4 cm)
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Photo: Paul Macapia
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Glaze, Pattern and Image: Decoration in Chinese Ceramics", September 7, 2002 - November 19, 2002

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, "Chinese Art: A Seattle Perspective", December 22, 2007 - July 26, 2009 (12/22/2007 - 7/26/2009)

Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, "Gift to a City: Masterworks from the Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection in the Seattle Art Museum", cat. # 1
Published References"Gift to a City" exhibition catalogue. Portland, OR: Portland Art Museum, 1965, cat. no. 1

Frank, Patrick. Prebles' Artforms, tenth edition, 2010, illustrated p. 219

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