Rare Chinese Neolithic Machang Pottery Jar (2300 - 2000 BC)
This rare 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 of a particularly unusual form, with one loop handle at its waist, the other at the neck, and the neck off-centre. The smooth upper body, as well as the inside of the mouth, has been decorated with geometric patterns painted in fired-on pigments of two different colours, purple and black.
Height 24 cm (9.5 inches). There is some damage and repair to the neck and mouth edge but still an unusual and interesting example in good presentable condition.
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