Chinese Neolithic Qijia Culture Twin-Handled Cord-Impressed Jar
This jar was made some 4,000 years ago by peoples of the Neolithic Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC), from what is now eastern Gansu province. They produced a variety of pottery vessels including cord-impressed pottery of many shapes and sizes. This particular example is made from a coarse gritty clay and has a wide flaring mouth. Two small wide handles join the shoulder and the mouth. The main surface of the body is decorated with cord impressions that were repeatedly pressed into the surface whilst the clay was still soft, prior to firing. In addition, to each handle has been applied a small circular appliqué. On the outer surface are what appear to be carbon deposits suggesting this was a cooking vessel that stood in a fire.
Jars of this type are usually relatively low-fired and are prone to damage. There are some nibbles to the rim edge, some surface wear and a chip to the side of one handle. However, unlike most known examples of this general type, there are no signs of any restoration or repair. Height 13.5 cm (5.25 inches).
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