Chinese Neolithic Qijia Culture Cord-Impressed Pottery 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. There is a ridge around the shoulder below which 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. The surface colour varies and in places are what appear to be carbon deposits suggesting this was a cooking vessel that stood in a fire.
Height 14.25 cm (5.5 inches). This jar is much more highly-fired and, therefore, more durable, than most, and although it has some very minor "nibbles" to the rim edge, itis free from any repair or restoration; a very good example of its type.
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