Large Chinese Neolithic Machang Phase Painted Pottery Jar (c. 2300 - 2000 BC)
This large 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 decorative pattern, applied on top of the smooth burnished surface with a fired-on mineral-based pigment, features four roundels containing geometric patterns. On opposing sides just below its waist are two sturdy loop handles.
Height 30.5 cm (12 inches). To the base is an ancient chip from which emanates a hairline crack, but the only sign of repair is to part of the edge of the vulnerable mouth. Overall condition, especially in view of its great age, is very good.
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