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. It is made from a relatively highly-fired pale yellowish-brown pottery, burnished to a smooth finish. Typical of larger Machang phase jars, it has a narrow flat base, wide body with two sturdy loop handles, narrow neck and flared mouth. The painted decoration, in fired-on mineral-based pigment is particularly bold, featuring the zoomorphic/hand pattern that painted pottery of the Machang phase is best known for. There is pitting to the surface caused by small pieces of grit in the clay and marks left by mineralised growths during its long burial.
Height 34 cm (13.35 inches), diameter 33.5 cm (13 inches). Overall condition is very good with the only sign of repairs to parts of the vulnerable flared rim edge.
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