Rare Chinese Neolithic Xindian Culture Pottery Jar (c. 1200 - 500 BC)
This rare pottery jar was made around 3,000 years ago by peoples of the Neolithic Xindian culture (c. 1200 - 500 BC). The Xindian culture is a relatively late Neolithic culture and overlaps with the Chinese Bronze Age. Xindian pottery is rarer and generally much less refined, more coarse and brittle than pottery from some earlier Chinese Neolithic cultures.
Marks from the shaping tool can be seen, especially on the lower body. Like many Xindian jars, the base is slightly concave. The geometric patterns have been applied in two different fired-on mineral-based pigments. The surface colour of the pottery varies from grey to a pale yellowish-brown due to uneven conditions in the Neolithic kiln.
Height 13 cm. There are minor chips to the edges of the handles and rim but no sign of restoration or repair; a nice example in very good condition.
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