Rare Chinese Neolithic Siwa Culture Black Pottery Jar (c. 1350 BC)
This elegantly-shaped pottery vessel was made over 3,000 years ago by peoples of the Siwa Culture (c.1350 BC) from present day Gansu or Qinghai province. It has high wide handles and a saddle-shaped mouth. The varying surface colours, from black to a yellowish-brown are as a result of uneven temperatures during firing in the Neolithic kiln. It has a finely-burnished surface making this jar a real pleasure to handle as well as to look at!
This is a tall example of its type with a height of 25.5 cm (10 inches). There are faint signs of what seems to be a stabilised hairline crack around part of the neck. Other repairs should not be ruled out although none are immediately obvious; a lovely example in very good condition.
For information: this jar is from a group of similar jars all reported to have come from the same excavation that have been in our private collection for many years and not previously offered for sale, one of which we have had TL tested by Oxford Authentications. The thermoluminescence (TL) analysis report for that tested jar is shown here purely for information purposes - this particular jar has not been tested but that can be arranged for an additional fee. However, the tested jar is also for sale - see our stock number MA248.
It is not easy to find published information about such jars, although an inferior (in our opinion) and much small example from the Meiyintang Collection is illustrated and described in the 2000 China Institute book "Dawn of the Yellow Earth" by Regina Krahl.
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