Rare Chinese Neolithic Painted Pottery Jar / Cup - Machang
This small pottery jar, or cup, 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. Most known Machang jars of this approximate size have two handles; jars such as this with only one handle are particularly rare. The outer surface and inner mouth have been decorated with geometric patterns using fired-on mineral-based pigments of two different colours, mostly black but also with a dark purple band around the bottom of the neck.ï¿½
Diameter 10.5 cm (4 inches), height 9 cm (3.5 inches). There is some surface wear and minor "nibbles" to the edge of the vulnerable rim, as should of course reasonably be expected, but there is no sign of restoration or repair; a rare jar in very good condition.
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