Fine & Rare Chinese Neolithic Decorated Pottery Jar - Caiyuan Culture
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. The smooth burnished surface makes this vessel a pleasure to handle as well as to view. There is a purpose-made elongated hole to each of the handles and decorative notches to the rim above each handle. Around the shoulder is a lightly incised zigzag pattern clearly done whilst the clay was still soft. To both inner and outer surface are marks left by ancient root and mineral growths from its long burial.
A good size with a height of 17 cm (6.25 inches), diameter 19 cm (7.5 inches). There is some surface wear and minor chips to the edge of the very vulnerable rim. However, there is no sign of restoration or repair; this a fine and rare 4,000 year old pottery jar in exceptional condition.
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