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 pale yellowish-brown pottery. It is of quite an unusual form, a wide body with two sturdy loop handles, a tall narrow neck and a flared mouth. The elaborate painted geometric patterns covering the upper body and inner mouth are in purple and black mineral-based fired-on pigments. Burial soil still adheres to the surface in places, mostly to the lower body.
Height 30 cm (12 inches), diameter 28 cm (11 inches). Condition is exceptional; there is the expected surface wear but just two minor chips to the vulnerable rim edge and no sign of any restoration or repair.
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