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Funerary Storage Jar: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The seemingly abstract zigzag designs on the burial storage jar are a stylized version of a human-like stick figure. The neck of the jar in this case represents the head. Built from coils of clay, the vessel relates in shape to the earlier Pan-shan (2600-2300 b.c.) jars shown here, but its proportions are more elongated and its surface is matt and unburnished. Related Ma-chang (2200-2000 b.c.) type jars have been excavated in Kansu and Ch'ing-hai provinces in northwest China.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009