Asian Art

Tripod Vessel (Gui)

3rd millennium b.c.e.

Earthenware with applied decoration

10 7/8 in. (27.62 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
1993.95.1
Dawenkou refers both to an archaeological site and a Neolithic culture that was based along the eastern seaboard of China, particularly in the Shandong and Anhui Provinces. Ceramics from this culture are thinly potted and are burnished or rubbed rather than painted. The angular mouth and ridged design on this piece echo early examples of sheet metalwork in both shape and construction. Similar vessels were also produced in China during the Bronze Age.
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Neolithic, Dawenkou culture (4300–2400 b.c.e.)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Dawenkou, Jiaoxian Sanlihe sites

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