Rare Chinese Neolithic Pottery Jar (Xindian)
This rare pottery jar was made around 3,000 years ago. Although we are not certain from which Neolithic culture it originates, it does have similarities to pottery of the Xindian Culture (c. 1200 - 500 BC). The surface colour of the pottery varies considerably due to uneven conditions in the kiln during firing. It a has a convex base with two wide loop handles and a castellated decorative band around both sides of the mouth. The outer surface has been decorated with repeated bands of lightly incised lines.
It is quite a large jar with a height of 18.5 cm (7.25 inches). Overall condition is very good although there is a crack, that appears to have been stabilised, that runs across part of the base up part of the wall (more visible when looking inside the jar).
See also our very similar jar, stock number M7116.
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