Large Chinese Neolithic Longshan Culture Pottery Tripod with Oxford TL Test
This very rare pottery vessel was made over 4,000 years ago by peoples of the Longshan Culture (c. 2600 - 2000 BC), Shaanxi province. Its form is of a cooking vessel with three wide legs that have a textured surface giving a large area for the heat to be transmitted from the fire to the contents of the tall and wide cylindrical body. On opposing sides of the upper body are two wide loop handles. Note also the mouth having been shaped for pouring. Decoration has been applied by the stepped ridges surrounding the mouth, the incised parallel bands circling the upper body and the appliqués to the upper surface of each handle.
This superb vessel is a good size with a height of 25 cm (9.75 inches); it is available to view at our gallery.
It has been in our private collection of Chinese Neolithic pottery for many years and not previously offered for sale. As with many of our finer pieces of ancient Chinese pottery, we have had this vessel tested by Oxford Authentications, the only testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this item is shown; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 3,000 and 4,600 years ago".
For information: various types of pottery, including this form, from the Longshan culture are illustrated and described in the fine book, "The Archaeology of Ancient China" by Kwang-chih Chang (highly recommend reading for anyone interested in Chinese Neolithic cultures and pottery).
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