A large painted pottery jar Majiayao culture, Majiayao phase, c. 3100-2700 B.C. 馬家窰文化 馬家窰類型 彩陶大罐
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A large painted pottery jar
Majiayao culture, Majiayao phase, c. 3100-2700 B.C.
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馬家窰文化 馬家窰類型 彩陶大罐
The dating of this lot is consistent with the results of Oxford Authentication Ltd, thermoluminescence test C200g86.
As expected and very typical of its type, this large vessel has some consolidated breaks with associated minor retouching.
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Ronald W. Longsdorf, The Pottery Age: An Appreciation of Neolithic Ceramics from China, Circa 7000 BC - Circa 1000 BC, Hong Kong, 2020, pl. 17.
Ronald W. Longsdorf, 《陶誌：中國新石器時代陶器 約公元前7000年 – 前1000年》，香港，2020年，圖版17
Sizable jars as the present piece are amongst the largest vessels produced during the Majiayao culture. Their substantial proportions and wide opened mouth would have served them well as water containers or tanks. The painted decoration on the present jar could reference to its function, with curved waves alternating with straight horizontal lines, denoting moving and still water respectively.
Compare similar examples recorded in Cheng Zheng and Qian Zhiqiang, Painted pottery of the Yellow River, Taipei, 1994, p. 299, pl. 138 and Chang Wei-Hwa, Pottery and jades of China's Neolithic Age, Taipei, 2001, p. 23, pl. 8, where the wavy lines on the jars are accentuated by painted dots possibly representing water splashes.
比較類同作例，程征及錢志強，《黃河彩陶》，台北，1994年，頁299，圖版138，及張偉華編，《抱璞怡陶 - 中國新石器時代的陶器與玉器》，台北，2001年，頁23，圖版8，此例波浪紋間綴圓點，似象徵水花。