Large Chinese Neolithic Painted Pottery Jar - Machang (c. 2300 - 2000 BC)
This large 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 relatively highly-fired and, for its size, quite thinly-potted. It is an unusual shape with quite a wide body, wide flat base and tall neck for its general form. The upper body has been coated in a pale-brown wash on top of which have been painted geometric patterns in a dark fired-on mineral-based pigment.
Height 30 cm, diameter 29 cm. The edge of one handle is chipped and there is minor chipping to the edge of the vulnerable mouth but there is no sign of restoration or repair; this unusual jar is in very good condition.
Examples of pottery of this type with its distinctive red 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.
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