Chinese Neolithic Machang Phase Painted Jar (c.2300 - 2000 BC)
This twin-handled 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 quite thinly-potted and made from a pale reddish-brown pottery that has been relatively highly-fired. The outer surface and inner mouth have been decorated with geometric patterns in fired-on black and purple mineral-based pigments..
Height 9.5 cm (3.75 inches), diameter 12.5 cm (4.75 inches). The rim is chipped and there are "pock marks" to the surface in places, most likely due to pieces of grit in the clay. One handle has been broken and re-stuck, a repair where there is room for some improvement.
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