Rare Chinese Neolithic Pottery Jar - Banshan / Majiayao Culture (c. 2600 - 2300 BC)
This rare and very interesting pottery jar was made over 4,000 years ago by peoples of the Majiayao Culture, most likely during the Banshan phase (c. 2600 - 2300 BC). It is made from a very coarse and gritty clay that has been fairly highly-fired, the jar having a distinct ring to it when tapped. It has many unusual features: its overall shape, the incised decoration covering the body, its almost horizontal flared mouth, the four lugs that protrude from the rim, the "cogged" pattern around the edge of the base.
Height 14.5 cm (5.75 inches). There is no sign of restoration or repair; an extremely rare jar in fine condition.
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