Rare Chinese Neolithic Pottery Tripod - Qijia Culture
This rare 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.
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 from black to orange due to uneven conditions in the Neolithic kiln during manufacture.
Height 14.75 cm (5.75 inches). This example has fared better than most, with repairs limited to part of the mouth.
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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