Neolithic, ‘Chinese Majiayao Culture Amphora ’, ca. 2300 BCE, ArtAncient

A large terracotta Majiayao culture amphora, from the upper Yellow River region of Neolithic China, circa 2300 BC.

Standing on a small round base, flaring into a bulbous body, narrow circular neck, turned out mouth and two small loop handles. The upper body decorated with an orange-red slip and painted with stylised frog patterns.

For another example, see object 2015.500.7.9 at the Metropolitan museum.

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British private collection, purchased from an exhibition at Fortnum & Mason, London, in the early 1990s.

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