Chinese Neolithic Pottery Jar - Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC)
This pottery jar was made some 4,000 years ago by peoples of the Neolithic Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC), from what is now eastern Gansu province. They produced a variety of pottery vessels of many shapes and sizes. This jar of unusual form with its wide body and wide flared mouth is made from a coarse gritty clay and is quite "heavily-potted". In the pottery are tiny mica fragments that can be seen glinting gold when viewed in bright sunlight. The upper body has repeated diagonal lines incised into the surface, while the lower body is decorated with vertical incised lines.
Height 14 cm (5.5 inches). There is some surface wear and "calcified" burial deposits on the surface in places but no sign of restoration or repair; very good condition.
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