Rare Chinese Neolithic Painted Pottery Jar - Machang
This pottery jar 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. The inside of the mouth and the upper body have been decorated with geometric patterns in purple and black fired-on mineral-based pigments. Most known Machang jars of this general size and type have two handles; this is particularly rare having only one handle.
Height 15 cm (6 inches). There is some surface wear and minor "nibbling" to the edge of the vulnerable rim, otherwise fine condition.
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