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Large Chinese Neolithic Machang Painted Pottery Jar (c.2300 - 2000 BC)


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Large Chinese Neolithic Machang 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 a fine-quality example of its type with its well-proportioned form, its burnished surface, very smooth to the touch, and its bold decoration in both black and red fired-on mineral-based pigments. 

It is relatively thinly-potted and made from a pale yellowish-brown pottery that is quite highly-fired. On opposing sides at its waist are two sturdy loop handles. At the top of its wide body is a wide neck and a wide flared mouth. The inner mouth as well as the upper body, have been decorated in a mixture of geometric and anthropomorphic patterns. 

Both height and diameter are the same at 31.5 cm (12.5 inches). There is the expected surface wear, a small filled hole to the body, also a chip and repaired breaks to the vulnerable mouth and neck. Overall though a very nice example in good presentable condition. 

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