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**Originally Listed At $650**

East Asia, China, Neolithic Period, ca. 3000 to 2000 BCE. A beautiful, large, ceramic urn decorated with a complex black painted geometric pattern of triangles, circles, waves, and what look like joined hands around the shoulder and neck. Two small, lugged handles are set mid-body. This piece is from the very early pottery tradition found at various archaeological sites along the Yellow River Basin (modern day Gansu Province in northwestern China to Henan Province in central China), from the culture sometimes called the Yangshao. The painted motifs on the urn's surface demonstrate a remarkably early use of fine brush work. This item would have served as an urn for a cremation burial, of which a limited number have been found from this culture. They seem to have been used mainly for children, and occasionally for adults. Size: 15.5" W x 15" H (39.4 cm x 38.1 cm)

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired before 2000

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#136665

Condition

One handle has been repaired. One part of the upper shoulder has been repaired and restored, with overpainting of motif.

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Large Chinese Neolithic Terracotta Painted Vessel

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800Jul 01