Chinese Neolithic Pottery Tripod - Qijia Culture
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Chinese Neolithic Pottery Tripod - Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC)
This rare pottery tripod vessel was made around 4,000 years ago and dates to the Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC). The form is designed to maximise the amount of surface area to transmit heat from the fire to the contents of the vessel. The surface colour varies, from orange to black a result of the unevenness of conditions in the Neolithic kiln, but also due to black carbon deposits on the surface in places.
This example has two loop handles joining the body to the neck. Decorative strips of clay have been applied to the surface in places The underside of the rim has been cut in a serrated pattern.
Height 12 cm (4.75 inches). Few of these vessels survive intact as they are usually quite low-fired and prone to damage. Overall condition is good and this is a very presentable example, but there is a small section to the mouth that has been broken and re-stuck and stabilised cracks to the body close to a handle and a foot.
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