Fine Chinese Neolithic Painted Pottery Jar - Machang (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. This jar is relatively highly-fired and thinly-potted. The outer surface and inner mouth have been elaborately decorated with a variety of geometric patterns in black and purple fired-on mineral-based pigments.
This jar is a little larger than many similar example of its general type, with a diameter of 6 inches (15 cm). This is an exceptional example, both in terms of its painted decoration and condition; there is, of course, some surface wear, and shallow chips to the edge of the particularly thin and vulnerable rim, but there is no sign of any restoration or repair.
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