Fine & Rare Chinese Neolithic Pottery Jar
This fine pottery jar was made some 4,000 years ago. Although it was excavated from Gansu province, we are not certain from which Neolithic culture it derives although it is probably a product of the Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC).ï¿½ It is well-made and quite highly-fired, having a distinct ring when tapped. The lower body has been decorated with an impressed, almost spiral pattern. The upper body has a smooth burnished finish and has been coated in a red wash, as has the inside of the mouth. Two wide loop handles join the shoulder to the top of the neck, and there is an incised band around the base of the neck.
A good size with a diameter of 17.5 cm and a height of 15.5 cm. There is a hairline crack across the middle of one handle but no sign of restoration or repair; a lovely example in fine condition.
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