A painted pottery jar. Neolithic Period, Majiayao Culture (Machang)

Thinly formed with a waisted neck and body of inverted pear form, painted at the shoulder with a wide band of opposing anthropomorphic figures separated by checkerboard roundels, all above a pair of loop handles applied to the lower body (chips). 10in (25.5cm) high - Estimate: $600 - 800

Footnote: Provenance: purchased at Butterfield & Butterfield, March 15, 1988

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