Rare Chinese Neolithic Painted Pottery Bottle - Machang
This rare and unusual twin-handled pottery bottle was made over 4,000 years ago during the Machang Phase (c. 2300 - 2000 BC) of the Majiayao culture, also known as the Gansu-Yangshao culture, from present day Gansu or Qinghai province. It is of a very pleasing form, with a globular body and two loop handles that are more or less at right-angles from the base of the neck to the side of the body. The inside of the mouth and the upper body have been coated in a pale brown "wash" on top of which have been applied geometric patterns in a fired-on black mineral-based pigment.
Height 17.5 cm (6.75 inches). There is some wear to the surface and minor repairs to the edge of the vulnerable mouth which should, of course, reasonably be expected. Overall a good and rare example in very good condition.
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