Fine & Rare Chinese Neolithic Siwa Culture Burnished Black Pottery Jar (c. 1350 BC)
This rare pottery vessel was made over 3,000 years ago by peoples of the Siwa Culture (c.1350 BC) from present day Gansu or Qinghai province. It is attractively-shaped with high handles, a saddle-shaped mouth and a wide body that tapers down to a small circular flat base. Pottery jars from the Siwa culture are rarer than those of the preceding Qijia and Majiayao cultures and most known examples are made from an orange or buff coloured pottery. Black pottery jars are rarer still ! The surface is finely burnished making this jar a real pleasure to handle as well as to look at! The varying surface shades are as a result of uneven temperatures during firing in the Neolithic kiln. Although not easy to see, to the shoulder on one side are the faint outlines of a "hook" type pattern, presumably originally painted onto the surface. On parts of the surface are the marks left by ancient root/plant growths during its long burial.
This is quite a tall example of its type with a height of 23.5 cm (9.25 inches). This a fine example with no obvious sign of any restoration or repair.
For information we show a similar, although smaller, example from the fine and highly recommended China Institute book "Dawn of the Yellow Earth" (ISBN 0-9654270-3-X).
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