Large Chinese Neolithic Pottery Jar - Caiyuan Culture (c. 2600 - 2200 BC)
This rare and attractively-shaped wide pottery jar was made over 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 has a flat base, a wide body and an unusually wide flared mouth. The finely-burnished surface has fired to various attractive shades of orange-brown and is very smooth to the touch. Around the shoulder is a band of decorative indentations. In places on the surface are "calcified" deposits from its long burial, usually quite easy to remove.
Height and diameter 30.5 cm (12 inches). There is a quite a large, and clearly ancient, surface chip to the heavily-potted base. There are some repairs to the vulnerable mouth.
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