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. It is made from quite a coarse gritty clay and this particular example is more highly-fired and, therefore, more durable than most known examples.
The vessel is heavily potted with one handle and three bulbous legs that are not particularly uniform in shape. Decoration is limited to notches around the rim and some impressions to the front of the body and surface of the handle.
Height 12.25 cm (4.75 inches). Due to it being much more highly-fired than most known similar examples it has survived remarkably well and is in very good condition with no sign of restoration or repair.
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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