Title:Funerary Storage JarArtist:Yang ShaoDate:c. 2300 B.C.Creation Place:Asia, ChinaCredit Line:Gift of funds from Louis W. Hill, Jr.Accession Number:86.43
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.