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 quite unusual geometric patterns in black and purple fired-on mineral-based pigments. There are some "pock marks" to the surface, most likely caused due to small pieces of grit being present within the clay.
This is a fairly large example of its type with a diameter of 15 cm (6 inches), height 12.5 cm (5 inches). There is a chip to the rim but there is no restoration or repair; a very nice example.
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