Lot 581: A rare large Neolithic painted pottery jar Xindian culture, c. 1500 - 1000 BC
Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, including Property from the Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
March 20, 2007
New York, NY, USA
Description: of ovoid form, flanked by two wide loop handles set below the angled shoulder and tall waisted neck, painted in black with a row of stylized birds between double-circle and triangular borders on a red ground, above a broad register of pendant spirals divided by vertical stripes, all below concentric geometric-diaper bands reserved on a red and black ground and suspending double-scroll motifs at the flared rim
Notes: The present vessel is a fine example of pottery from the Xindian culture, named after the typesite at Xindian village, Lintao xian, Gansu province. A similar vessel, also painted with stylized birds, in the Qinghai Provincial Museum, is illustrated in Zhongguo taoci quanji, vol. 2, Shanghai, 2000, pl. 55, together with another vessel of this shape but different decoration, pl. 57. Compare a pottery jar of this type, painted with the more commonly found 'yoke' motif included in the Taiwan Antique Dealers' Association exhibition Pottery and Jades of China's Neolithic Age , Taipei, 2001, cat.no. 52; and another example, in the Meiyintang collection, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Dawn of the Yellow Earth, New York, 2000, pl. 39.
Dimensions: measurements note 16 1/2 in., 42 cm