Large Chinese Neolithic Painted Pottery Jar - Machang (c. 2300 - 2000 BC)
This large pottery jar 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 well-rounded body, two sturdy loop handles and wide flared mouth. It is relatively highly-fired. The inside of the mouth and the upper body have been coated in a reddish-brown wash on top of which have been painted geometric patterns in a darker fired-on mineral-based pigment that has run in places. In places on the surface of the lower body are ancient "calcified" growths, a result of its extremely long burial.
Height 28.5 cm (11.25 inches), diameter 27.5 cm (10.75 inches). This fine jar is in exceptional condition; although there are a few minor surface chips, there is no repair or restoration.
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