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Chinese Neolithic Period Pottery Vessel

Chinese Neolithic Period Pottery Vessel

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Neolithic Period, late Yangshao or early Majiayao culture, c. 4000 - 2000 BC, China

Absolutely stunning small-sized hand-built pottery jar with typical form, consisting of a compressed body and flaring neck. The irregular body is decorated with applied dark brown and red pigments that forms broad concentric bands, striking geometrical patterns, with abstract pattern that appears insect-like. Vessels like these were  perhaps used for beer brewing or were even used as burial urns. A beautiful form of pottery at an early period in human history. 

The Neolithic period, or New Stone Age (xin shiqi shidai) is characterized by beginning of a settled human lifestryle. In China, this period began around around 8000 BC and lasted until 1700 BC. It is traditionally believed that Chinese civilization first emerged along the Yellow River and then spread to other parts of China. However, recent archaeological evidence suggests that a number of distict cultures developed simultaneously across China, and as in other areas of the world, Neolithic settlements grew up all along the main river systems. The Yangshao culture refers to a Neolithic community found along the middle stretch of the Yellow River from Gansu Province to Hainan Province, which existed from 5000 BC to 3000 BC, is considered the cradle of Chinese civilization. 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. Periods of Majiayao culture included Majiayao (c. 3100-2700 BC), Banshan (c. 2600-2300 BC) and Machang (c. 2200-2000 BC). 

Fantastic ancient pottery vessel are in excellent condition. Intact. No cracks, fractures or chips. Gorgeous patina. Age-related wear. Minor abrasion. Fading to areas of pigmentation. Earthen deposits. Size approx. 15,5cm x 13,5cm x 13,5cm. 

References and further reading:

Form Follows Function: The Story of Chinese Neolithic Pottery, Edie Hu, Sothebys, May 18, 2022. (

The Pottery Age: An Appreciation of Neolithic Ceramics from China Circa 7000 BC - Circa 1000 BC, Ronald W. Longsdorf, CA Book Publishing, Hong Kong, 2020.

Department of Asian Art. Neolithic Period in China, In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000 -. Oct. 2004 (

The British Museum Book of Chinese Art, Rawson, Jessica, et al., London: British Museum Press, 1992.

"Chinese pottery", Encyclopedia Britannica, Jerome Silbergeld,  George Savage,  and Michael Sullivan, 6 Feb. 2014. (

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