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 very pale yellowish-brown pottery the colour of which varies in places due to uneven conditions in the Neolithic kiln. It is a very well-made jar and of fine form. At the waist of its very wide body are two sturdy loop handles. The narrow flat base has curved edges. The short neck ends in a flared mouth. The upper smooth burnished surface has been decorated in purple and black fired-on mineral-based pigments. The design is particularly striking featuring bold "hand" and geometric patterns.
Height 37.25 cm (14.5 inches), diameter 37.5 cm (14.75 inches). There is, as can clearly be seen and as should reasonably be expected, some surface wear and loss of pigment. There is also some repair and restoration to the vulnerable neck and mouth although the body of the jar remains free from any repair. Overall, a large and impressive example of ancient Chinese painted Neolithic pottery in very good presentable condition..
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