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White Pottery Gui Pitcher

Tags: ceramics | National Palace Museum | vessel


Late Ta-wen-k’ou Culture (ca. 4200-2600 BC), Neolithic period
Height: 29.5 cm, body height: 21.6 cm, width at widest: 16.9 cm 
White pottery was made using clay with a higher concentration of aluminum oxide that is then fired. The potters in the Ta-wen-k'ou Culture used clay to fashion vessels like this one for alcoholic beverages that suggest an abstract bird craning its neck as it cries out.

Text: Teng Shu-p'ing

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