Chinese Neolithic Burnished Pottery Jar - Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC)
This rare and attractively-shaped pottery jar was made around 4,000 years ago by peoples of the Neolithic Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC), from what is now eastern Gansu province, China. They produced a variety of pottery vessels including cord-impressed pottery of many shapes and sizes as well as higher-fired jars such as this. This jar is relatively highly-fired and is quite an unusual shape with its almost spherical body and flared neck. The surface of the round body has been burnished making it very smooth to the touch.
Height 18 cm (7 inches). It is in fine condition with no sign of restoration or repair and just a few very small chips to the edge of the vulnerable rim.
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