Very Rare Chinese Neolithic Pottery Jar - Banshan / Majiayao Culture (c. 2600 - 2300 BC)
This very rare and 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) and is a most unusual example. It is made from quite a gritty clay with fairly small flat base, wide waist and wide flared mouth. The body has been decorated with applied strips of clay, whilst the mouth is decorated with four flanges that have been repeatedly pierced, as has the inside of the mouth. On the inside of the mouth are lines of mineral-based pigment, not usually seen on this type of ware although clearly painted on, but for what purpose and why only on that section we shall never know!
Height 16.5 cm. There is a small repair to the edge of the rim and to a hole in the lower body, but overall, an extremely rare example of Chinese Neolithic pottery in very good condition.
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