Chinese Neolithic Machang Phase Painted Jar (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 outside of the jar and the inner rim have been decorated with geometric patterns painted onto the surface in two different coloured mineral-based pigments, prior to firing in the Neolithic kiln.ï¿½
Height 9.5 cm, diameter 13 cm. There is a barely perceptible hairline crack about 1cm in length to the rim, too fine to photograph, although the jar does not "thud" when tapped so it is possibly a firing crack. The rim is very slightly chipped on one side. No repair or restoration. Fine condition.
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