Exceptionally LARGE Chinese Neolithic / Bronze Age Impressed Pottery Jar with Oxford TL Test
This extremely rare and imposing pottery jar dates to the around the 1st millennium BC, the late Chinese Neolithic / Bronze Age period. It is, without doubt, the largest and most substantial pottery jar we have ever encountered from this period. It has a rounded base and the whole of the outer surface has been decorated with repeated coarsely-woven cord impressions. Interestingly the inner surface bears the repeated impressions of a woven material, this from when the jar was formed during manufacture, rather than for decorative purposes.
Height 63.5 cm (25 inches), diameter 51 cm (20 inches), weight 31.2 kg (69 lbs). There are a few repairs to chips at the rim edge, a small repaired hole to the body (see middle of second photo) and a stabilised crack to part of the body, but considering its age and great size, condition is exceptional.
As with many of our finer items, we have had this vessel tested by Oxford Authentications, and we show the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report test certificate that will accompany this jar, confirming the date of manufacture as between 2100 and 3200 years ago.
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