Chinese Neolithic Painted Pottery Jar - Machang (c. 2300 - 2000 BC)
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. The colour of the pottery varies slightly from pale brown to a more reddish brown due to uneven conditions in the Neolithic kiln. The outer surface and inner mouth have been decorated with geometric patterns using fired-on mineral-based pigments of black and purple.ï¿½
Diameter 12.25 cm (4.75 inches). Height 9.5 cm (3.75 inches). There is one small repair to the edge of the vulnerable rim, not immediately obvious, otherwise fine condition.
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