Chinese Neolithic Qijia Culture Cord-Impressed Jar
This 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 including cord-impressed pottery of many shapes and sizes. This particular example is made from a coarse gritty clay and has a wide flaring mouth. The lower surface is decorated with cord impressions that were repeatedly pressed into the surface whilst the clay was still soft, prior to firing. Jars of this type are usually relatively low-fired and are prone to damage.
Height 16 cm (6.25 inches). This jar is in exceptional condition with just a small repair to the edge of the rim.
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