Rare Chinese Neolithic Machang Pottery Jar with drilled holes
This very rare and unusual 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 relatively highly-fired with the colour of the pottery varying in places due to uneven conditions in the Neolithic kiln. It is of an unusual form, very rarely seen among Machang pottery, with its wide body, unusually small flared rim and just the one loop handle that has been decorated with a strip of clay. The outer surface and inner mouth have been decorated with geometric patterns in fired-on pigment of two different colours, black and purple. More unusual, although not unique, is the series of holes around the rim, drilled from both sides.
This is quite a small example of Machang pottery with a height of 8.75 cm (3.5 inches). There is a section at the vulnerable rim that has been repaired, but overall a very nice and rare example.
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