Small Chinese Neolithic Painted Pottery Jar - Machang (c. 2300 - 2000 BC)
This unusually small twin-handled pottery jar was made over 4,000 years ago during the Machang Phase (c. 2300 - 2000 BC) of the Majiayao culture, also known as the Gansu-Yangshao culture, from present day Gansu or Qinghai province. It is relatively highly-fired and, therefore, more durable than lower-fired examples. The inside of the mouth and the upper body have been coated in a reddish-brown wash on top of which have been painted geometric patterns in a dark fired-on mineral-based pigment. Interestingly, the red wash was not applied to the body under the handles nor the surface of the handles..
Height 8 cm (3 inches), diameter 9.5 cm (3.75 inches). No restoration or repair; fine condition.
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