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Large Chinese Neolithic Machang Pottery Jar (c. 2300 - 2000 BC)


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Large Chinese Neolithic Machang Pottery Jar (c. 2300 - 2000 BC)

This 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 well-formed and fairly typical of larger Machang phase jars with its flat base, sturdy loop handles on opposing sides at its waist, short neck and flared mouth. The upper body, as well as the inside of the mouth, has been coated in a dark reddish-brown wash, on top of which, in fired-on mineral-based pigment, are decorative geometric patterns.

Examples of Machang phase pottery of this type with the distinctive brown wash below the painted design, have been excavated from Liuwan village, Ledu county in Qinghai province and date to the middle of the Machang period. 

Height 30 cm. There is a small chip to the rim edge and, although there is surface wear and loss of pigment, there is no sign of restoration or repair. 

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