Tall Chinese Neolithic Xiajiadian Culture Pottery Li Tripod
This very attractive and interesting tall pottery vessel was made some 4,000 years ago by people of the Xiajiadian culture (c. 2300 - 1600 BC) from Inner Mongolia. This vessel is characteristic of this Neolithic culture with its wide rim, partly hollow udder-shaped legs and carefully constructed body. The outer surface as well as the inner mouth, have been finely burnished, making the surface particularly smooth and a real pleasure to handle. On the surface in places are the marks left by ancient root/plant growths.
This is a large example with a height of 25.5 cm (10 inches) and diameter of mouth of 18 cm (7.25 inches),. Part of the mouth has been broken and re-stuck, but it is still a very good example of its type and of particularly fine form.
For information: this vessel is from the estate of a private Scottish academic collector to whom we sold several Chinese Neolithic pieces during the late 1990's (although not this particular piece). It comes with documentation and Polaroid photos from another UK seller suggesting it was acquired in January 2000 for what was an outrageously high sum at that time, and still very much in excess of what we are asking for it today ! Furthermore, the repairs to the mouth have since been tidied.
Please also see the TL tested example we are offering for sale, stock number MA234.
For reference: a very similar example is described and illustrated in the fine book "Dawn of the Yellow Earth" by Regina Krahl (ISBN 0-9654270-3-X).
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