Banshan-Type Urn

Banshan-Type Urn

The urn represents high quality neolithic craftsmanship and painting.

Get the Story

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.

– Josh Yiu, Associate Curator of Chinese Art, 2007

The Details


Ca. 2600-2300 B.C.


Earthenware with painted decoration in black, maroon


4 1/8 x 7 5/8 in. (35.88 x 19.4 cm)