Jar (Hu)


Painted spirals recall the crests of waves on this 4,500-year-old jar.

Jar (Hu), c. 2650–2350 B.C.E. (Neolithic China, Banshan phase), earthenware with painted decoration, 34 cm high (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). Speakers: Dr. Cortney Chaffin and Dr. Steven Zucker


Additional resources

This work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Neolithic Period in China on The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Denise Patry Leidy, How to Read Chinese Ceramics (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015).

Cite this page as: Dr. Cortney E. Chaffin and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Jar (Hu)," in Smarthistory, June 12, 2023, accessed February 24, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/jar-hu/.