Large Chinese Neolithic Pottery Jar - Siwa Culture (c. 1350 BC)
This large and impressive pottery jar dates to the Siwa culture (c. 1350 BC). From its relatively small base, the body spreads out to a wide waist and then tapers in a little before spreading out again to form the wide saddle-shaped mouth. There are two loop handles that join the shoulder to the rim. Most of the surface has been fired to a very attractive orange-red but with interesting variations in colour in places, a result of uneven conditions during the firing process. Note the most unusual large circular indentation to the centre of base.
Height 35 cm (13.75 inches), diameter 30.5 cm (12 inches). There is minor "nibbling" to the edge of the vulnerable mouth but repairs are restricted to a stabilised crack to the body (which appears in fact to be a firing crack and probably not in any need of repair). A fine example in fine condition.
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