Chinese neolithic period painted pottery storage jar

Chinese neolithic period painted pottery storage jar

Low-fired earthenware jars like this were made using a fine, wind-blown soil called loess. As these jars were made before the invention of the potter’s wheel, the body is formed using rolls of coiled clay, which were gradually built up and smoothed to create the walls of the jar. Un-glazed, these jars where typically painted with iron oxide and manganese pigments and burnished after firing.

Low-fired earthenware jars like this were made using a fine, wind-blown soil called loess. As these jars were made before the invention of the potter’s wheel, the body is formed using rolls of coiled clay, which were gradually built up and smoothed to create the walls of the jar. Un-glazed, these jars where typically painted with iron oxide and manganese pigments and burnished after firing.

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