Large Chinese Neolithic Painted Pottery Jar - Machang (c. 2300 - 2000 BC)
This large pottery jar of unusual form was made over 4,000 years ago during the Machang Phase (c. 2300 - 2000 BC) of the Majiayao culture, also known as the Gansu-Yangshao culture, from present day Gansu or Qinghai province. It is quite "heavily-potted" with a wide body, two sturdy loop handles and an unusually wide flared mouth. It is relatively highly-fired. The inside of the mouth and the upper body have been decorated with geometric patterns in a fired-on mineral-based pigment.
Height 22.75 cm (9 inches), diameter 24.5 cm (9.5 inches). There is a filled chip to the rim and one handle has been restored. The inner surface of the neck and part of the outer body has degraded but it remains an unusual example of its type in presentable condition.
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