These pots are fine examples of pottery from the Majiayao culture. The swirling patterns are made from Iron slips brushed on coil-built earthenware. I love the way they balance large black lines and thin cross hatching to create the focal point of the design. The culture is from the area of China that is now the Qinghai and Gansu Provence.
The Pot of the Day series features art that I encounter on my visits to museums. These are from the Shanghai Museum collection, which offers a broad range of Chinese ceramics from 3,000 BC to the late 1800's. For the museum website please click here.