Fine Chinese Neolithic Siwa Culture Black Pottery Jar
This fine pottery vessel was made over 3,000 years ago by peoples of the Siwa Culture (c.1350 BC) from present day Gansu or Qinghai province. It is finely constructed with high handles, a saddle-shaped mouth and a wide body. Pottery jars from the Siwa culture are rarer than those of the preceding Qijia and Majiayao cultures and most known examples are made from an orange or buff coloured pottery. Black pottery jars are rarer still ! The surface is finely burnished making this jar a real pleasure to handle as well as to look at. The varying surface shades are as a result of uneven temperatures during firing in the Neolithic kiln.
On the shoulder on one side are faint traces of a pattern, originally painted on, that are similar to the "horn" patterns seen on jars from the later Xindian culture (c. 1200 - 500 BC). To one handle is an incised "X", clearly intentionally made.
Height 18.5 cm (7.25 inches). This 3,000+ year old jar is in exceptional condition with no sign of any restoration or repair and just very minor damage to the vulnerable rim edge.
It is not easy to find published information about such jars, although an (in our opinion) inferior example from the Meiyintang Collection is illustrated and described in the 2000 China Institute book "Dawn of the Yellow Earth" by Regina Krahl.
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