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 pale orange to pale grey, as a result of the unevenness of conditions in the Neolithic kiln.
This example has two loop handles joining the body to the neck. On the front are the remains of an applied decorative clay strip below which is an applied clay roundel.
This is a larger than some examples with a height of 14.75 cm (5.75 inches). Few of these vessels survive intact as they are usually quite low-fired and prone to damage. However, repairs are minimal, being restricted to parts of the vulnerable rim edge; a very nice example.
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