This earthenware storage vessel has a painted design on a burnished surface. The jar has different handles, one ornamented and one plain.
Ma-Jia-Yao Storage Vessel (3100-2700 B.C.). 14 3/16 x 12 13/16 x 11 13/16 in. (36.04 x 32.54 x 30 cm) MIA.
For more information on the items of Chinese Pottery from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, see Guide to Chinese Ceramics - The Art of Asia
For the connection between art and philosophy, see:
"An Exploration of the Mode of Thinking of Ancient China," by Liu Jingshan; Philosophy East and West Vol. 35, No. 4 (Oct., 1985), pp. 387-397.