Very Rare Chinese Neolithic Pottery Jar with Impressed Pattern - Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC)
This rare pottery jar was made around 4,000 years ago by peoples of the Neolithic Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC), from what is now eastern Gansu province, China. It is relatively highly-fired, having a distinct ring to it when tapped, and is "heavily-potted" with a smooth surface. On the inner mouth are the remains of a reddish-brown pigment.
The most interesting feature of this jar is the series of asymmetrical circular impressions that surround about three-quarters of the shoulder. It seems strange that the pattern does not extend around the entire shoulder, and also that it is asymmetrical, although it clearly is not random so it must have had some meaning, although this we shall never know.
Height 16 cm (6.25 inches), diameter 15 cm (6 inches). There are minor chips to the rim edge but no restoration or repair; this jar is in remarkable condition.
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