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Rare Chinese Neolithic Pottery Tripod - Qijia Culture


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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 mostly low-fired, making them particularly fragile and vulnerable to damage; very few intact examples survive. 

The vessel has one handle (some similar examples have two). The body and handle have been decorated with applied strips of clay. The surface colour of the pottery varies due to uneven conditions in the Neolithic kiln during manufacture.

Height 12 cm (4.75 inches). This example is in exceptional condition; although there is a small chip to the rim and minor firing cracks in places, the only sign of a possible repair is to a small rim chip.

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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