Large Chinese Neolithic Impressed Pottery Jar - Caiyuan Culture
This attractively-shaped pottery jar was made some 4,000 years ago by peoples of the Caiyuan Culture (c. 2600 - 2200 BC) and has been excavated from the Ningxia Autonomous Region in the north of China. It is quite "heavily-potted" and has been fired to a very pleasing orange-brown colour. The upper surface has been burnished smooth whereas the lower surface has been simply yet effectively decorated with bands of impressed lines that spiral downwards. The base has also been patterned with criss-cross lines.
This is quite a large jar with a height of 27 cm (10.5 inches). Although not immediately obvious, there is a repair to the edge of the vulnerable rim. Overall, a fine and rare Neolithic jar in good condition.
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