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Asian Art

Stem Cup

early 3rd millenium B.C.

Earthenware with burnished surface and cut decoration

6 7/8 × 3 in. (17.5 × 7.6 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2000.74.1
Tall, elegant cups such as this one were probably intended for ritual use. They were produced by both the Dawenkou and the Longshan culture, which was also based in the Shandong Province and showed a preference for black pottery.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Neolithic, Dawenkou culture (4300–2400 B.C.E.)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Collection of Walter Hochstadter

Bibliography: 

Zhongguo she hui ke xue yuan kao gu yan jiu suo, ed., Jiaoxian Sanlihe (Beijing: Wen wu chu ban she, 1988).

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