Rare Chinese Neolithic Three-Handled Jar - Qijia Culture
This very rare pottery jar was made around 4,000 years ago by peoples of the Neolithic Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC), from what is now eastern Gansu province, China. They produced a variety of pottery vessels including cord-impressed pottery of many shapes and sizes as well as a variety of finer vessels such as this, with none, one, two or three handles, although those with three handles are by far the rarest. It is relatively highly-fired, having a distinct ring when tapped, and has a smooth burnished surface, the colour of which varies slightly due to uneven conditions in the Neolithic kiln.
Height 10.5 cm, diameter 11 cm. One handle has been broken and re-stuck but a clean repair and a nice example in good presentable condition.
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