Rare Chinese Neolithic Pottery Jar - Banshan / Majiayao Culture (c. 2600 - 2300 BC)
This very rare and unusual 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 quite a "gritty" buff-coloured pottery that has black (carbon?) deposits on its outer surface suggesting it was used as a cooking or heating vessel. It has one loop handle and a short spout enabling it to be used as a pouring vessel. The outer surface has been lightly sculpted and there are woven impression to the base, the imprint of the mat on which it sat during manufacture.
Diameter 14 cm, height 13 cm. This rare vessel is in fine condition with just a stabilised crack at the top of the spout.
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