A pottery jar, Neolithic period, Machiayao culture from Kansu province
4th / 3rd millennium BC, China
Height: 18.5cm, 7.3 inches
The body of this storage vessel is of bulbous form narrowing sharply to a flat circular base, the shoulders narrowing less sharply to a short neck supporting two simple loop handles. The body of the pottery is fine textured light red terracotta, painted in black and maroon and using the light red terracotta body as a third colour in the decoration. The design is split into four groups of V shapes stacked in lines one above the other, each of the four blocks divide by a maroon vertical line.