Chinese Neolithic Painted Pottery Jar - Machang
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. This jar is a little larger and more "heavily-potted" than most similar examples of its type. The outer surface and inner mouth have been decorated with unusual geometric patterns using two different coloured fired-on mineral-based pigments. The lower surface and much of the inner are covered with the "mineralised" patterns left by ancient root/plant growths from its long burial.
Diameter 15.5 cm, height 11 cm. There is minor "nibbling" to one side of the vulnerable mouth edge. No repair or restoration; a fine example in fine condition.
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