Rare Chinese Neolithic Pottery Jar - Caiyuan Culture (c. 2600 - 2200 BC)
This attractively-shaped pottery jar was made some 4,000 years ago by peoples of the Caiyuan Culture (c. 2600 - 2200 BC) and has been excavated from the Ningxia Autonomous Region in the north of China. It is finely-potted with thin walls and the pottery has fired to a nice reddish-orange colour. It has a wide body with two loop handles joined at the shoulder and the flared mouth, and a relatively small flat base. Unlike the very similar jar we are also offering for sale (see our item, stock number MA598), decoration is minimal on this example with just one lightly incised line surrounding the jar at the shoulder.
A good size with a height of 17 cm (6.25 inches), diameter 18.5 cm (7.25 inches). There is some surface wear and minor chips to the edge of the very vulnerable rim. To the lower body on one side is a crack that has been stabilised.
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