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A Chinese Neolithic Pottery Vase - Yangshao Culture
The generic name for the Neolithic culture that created these vessels is Yangshao (3000-1500 B.C.). One of the major features of the Yangshao people was their painted pottery, none of which was turned on a potter's wheel. These types of pots appears to have been used for mortuary purposes. They consist of fine-grained clay with painted designs in black, red, maroon and brown.

This pot is a particularly dynamic example of this type of pottery. - as is typical, the upper part of this vessel is painted with abstract designs while the lower 20 % is left unfinished. - (Virtually all of these Neolithic pots were unfinished on the bottom section - possibly because they were set in sandy soil to prevent them overturning while being painted.)

The top has a design of downward pointing black triangles on a buff ground. Next is a thin circle of maroonish red paint which separates the top of the design from the main body. The round main body has an unusually elaborate design of a series of circles with cross hatching in the middle These are enclosed both top and bottom with rings of black paint.

Even the top 2" of the interior rim has a painted design in maroon/red with black dots and diagonal lines. This aspect is particularly rare. Two small lug handles connect the rim of the lip to the join of the neck and shoulders

The pot measures 4 1/2"high and is 5 1/2"diameter at the waist - 3 5/8"diameter at the top opening - and 2 3/8"diameter at the flat base. It is in excellent condition with only minor flaking and chipping.



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