The Yangshao Culture was a Neolithic culture that grew along the Yellow River from the 6th millennium BC. Since artists from this period had no knowledge of the potter’s wheel, this vase is entirely handmade. The pottery was formed by stacking coils of clay into the desired shape and smoothing the surfaces with paddles and scrapers. The first ceramics produced in China around ten or eleven thousand years ago were wares designed primarily for use over display, and this early need for basic pottery has remained relevant in the Yangshao pottery production.
Yangshao Culture Twin Handled Jar
A Chinese Neolithic pottery jar, featuring an oval flared mouth and two applied loop handles, expanding from the shoulders to the vessel’s mouth. The vessel’s body displays a very simple incised decoration, featuring a zigzagged pattern. The jar sits on a flattened foot. The piece can be dated to the Yangshao Culture (circa 3000 BC), however, vessels featuring a similar shape, known as saddle-shape, have been recovered also from the Siwa Culture (circa 1400 BC).
Period: Yangshao Culture
Condition: Fine, signs of aging to the surface.