Chinese Neolithic Twin-Handled Pottery Jar - Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC)
This fine pottery jar was made around 4,000 years ago by peoples of the Neolithic Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC), from what is now eastern Gansu province, China. They produced a variety of pottery vessels including cord-impressed pottery of many shapes and sizes as well as finely-burnished jars such as this, with one, two or three handles. It is relatively highly-fired, having a distinct ring to it when tapped. The burnished surface makes it very smooth to the touch.
With a height of 13.5 cm (5.25 inches), this is larger than most known similar examples. There are minor chips to the handle edges and the rim, but no repair or restoration; very good condition.
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