Rare Chinese Neolithic Siwa Culture Black Pottery Jar (c. 1350 BC)
This fine 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 is finely constructed with high handles, a saddle-shaped mouth, a slender body and a small flat base. Pottery jars from the Siwa culture are rarer than those of the preceding Qijia and Majiayao cultures and most known examples are made from an orange or buff coloured pottery. Black pottery jars are rarer still ! The surface is finely burnished making this jar a real pleasure to handle as well as to look at. The varying surface shades are as a result of uneven temperatures during firing in the Neolithic kiln.
Height 22 cm (8.5 inches). This 3,000+ year old jar is in fine condition with no sign of any restoration or repair and just a small chip to the mouth edge and the "tip" of one handle.
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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