This jar is decorated with geometric designs that were either painted or incised and stamped.The site of Ban Chiang was first discovered in 1957. Pottery was found with skeletal remains, glass beads as well as iron and bronze bracelets. Recent dating methods suggest that there were three main phases of pottery-making in this culture. Early Period pottery consisted mainly of ceramic vessels in ring-based or pedestalled forms. Decorations were mostly abstract geometric and curvilinear shapes divided into bands across the vessel.Painted vessels such as this were probably not used as everyday ware in the Ban Chiang culture. These vessels were probably used as burial jars to contain either food or objects for the deceased in their afterlife.