Rare Chinese Neolithic Xindian Culture Pottery Jar (c. 1200 - 500 BC)
This rare pottery jar was made around 3,000 years ago by peoples of the Neolithic Xindian culture (c. 1200 - 500 BC). The Xindian culture is a relatively late Neolithic culture and overlaps with the Chinese Bronze Age. Xindian pottery is rarer and generally much less refined, more coarse and brittle than pottery from some earlier Chinese Neolithic cultures.
This is a good example of its type with a smooth surface and a bold painted design featuring the double "horn" pattern often seen on Xindian pottery. Like many Xindian jars, the base is concave and bears the fine marks of the shaping tool. The painted patterns have been applied in a dark fired-on mineral-based pigment. The surface colour of the pottery varies in places due to uneven conditions in the Neolithic kiln.
Height 17 cm (6.5 inches). Due to the brittle nature of Xindian pottery, the vast majority of known examples do have some degree or restoration or repair. Compared to some others, this is a good example. There is some "nibbling" to the edge of the vulnerable rim and it is possible there may be a small repair to the rim.
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