Large Chinese Neolithic Pottery Tripod - Qijia Culture
This rare and unusually large pottery tripod was made some 4,000 years ago. Although similar vessels were made by various Chinese Neolithic cultures, we believe this particular example to have been made by potters of the Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC). The form is of a cooking vessel and the three wide udder-shaped legs allow it to be stood in a fire with as much heat as possible being transmitted to the contents inside the vessel. Such tripods are made from quite a coarse unrefined clay and are invariable low-fired, making them particularly fragile and vulnerable to damage; very few intact examples survive and the vast majority of known examples are smaller than this.
The vessel has two handles on opposing sides of the shoulder. The rim has been decorated by repeatedly being notched and on the surface of each handle, as well as to the body, have been applied decorative strips of clay. The surface colour of the pottery varies due to uneven conditions in the Neolithic kiln during manufacture.
Height 18 cm (7 inches). This example has some restoration to the mouth and upper body. and there are firing cracks in places, particularly where the pottery is at its thickest between the legs.
For information: this rare vessel has for many years been in our own private collection of Chinese Neolithic pottery and not previously offer for sale.
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