Large Chinese Neolithic Machang Phase Painted 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 quite "heavily-potted" and made from a relatively highly-fired pale yellowish-brown pottery, the colour of which varies in places due to uneven conditions in the Neolithic kiln. At the waist of its wide body are two sturdy loop handles. At the top of its body is quite a wide neck with a flared mouth. The upper body and inner mouth have been boldly decorated with geometric patterns in a dark fired-on mineral-based pigment.
Height 25.5 cm (10 inches), diameter 28 cm (11 inches). Of course some degree of restoration or repair must realistically be expected for such an ancient pottery object; there is some restoration to part of the vulnerable mouth but it remains an good presentable example of Chinese painted Neolithic pottery.
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