Chinese Neolithic Painted Pottery Jar - Machang (c. 2300 - 2000 BC)
This twin-handled 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. The outer surface and inner mouth have been decorated with geometric patterns in black and purple fired-on mineral-based pigments.
This is a fairly large example of its type with a diameter of 14.75 cm (5.75 inches), height 12.5 cm (5 inches). There are chips to both sides of the rim that have been repaired and, perhaps not immediately obvious to those unfamiliar with such pottery, one of the handles has been restored. All excusable in view of its great age !
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