Large Chinese Neolithic Caiyuan Pottery Jar with Oxford TL Test
This large and impressive pottery jar was made 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 quite "heavily-potted" and has been fired to a very pleasing pale yellowish-brown with the surface colour becoming more red in places. The upper surface has been burnished and is very smooth to the touch. The lower surface has been simply yet very effectively decorated with repeated cord impressions that spiral downwards. On the surface of the lower body are limescale-type burial deposits (usually very easy to remove). The jar has a fairly short neck with a wide flared mouth.
Height 40 cm (15.75 inches), diameter 32 cm (12.5 inches). Part of the mouth has been broken and re-stuck, but overall, this large 4,000 year old jar is in exceptional condition.
We have had this jar tested by Oxford Authentications, the only testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this item is shown; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 3,400 and 5,200 years ago".
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