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Large Chinese Neolithic Pottery Vessel

East Asia, China, Neolithic Period, Majiayao culture, ca. 3300 to 2000 BCE. A beautiful and impressively large polychrome pottery vessel, the piriform body painted in black and red on a cream ground with two circular crest-like motifs, all featuring dense lattice-work patterns surrounded by a thick, circular band. Elsewhere around the upper body are large angular shapes, all in solid red, black, and the natural color of the clay body. Additional stylized motifs adorn the interstices below. The cylindrical neck projects upwards to a flared rim adorned by a black zigzags around the neck, and a pair of applied loop handles are situated equidistantly along the midsection of the body. Size: 12.5" W x 12" H (31.8 cm x 30.5 cm)

The Majiayao culture was comprised of a group of Neolithic communities who lived primarily in the upper Yellow River region in eastern Gansu, eastern Qinghai, and northern Sichuan, China. The Majiayao culture represents the first time that the Upper Yellow River region was widely occupied by agricultural communities, and it is famous for its painted pottery.

Condition: Repairs to rim. Expected surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, small nicks to base, body, handles, and rim, with some fading to pigmentation, and light roughness across most surfaces. Nice earthen deposits and light encrustations throughout.

Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA

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