Large Chinese Neolithic Red Pottery Bowl - Banpo with Oxford TL Test (c. 4800 - 4300 BC)
This very rare pottery bowl was made around 6,500 years ago during the Banpo phase (c. 4800 - 4300 BC) of the Yangshao culture. It is fairly highly-fired, having a slight ring when tapped and the surface has been fired to an attractive orange colour. The inner surface is quite smooth whereas the outer surface shows many marks from its manufacture, especially around the rim.
This is an exceptionally large example with a diameter of 26 cm (10.25 inches), height 12.5 cm (5inches). It is in good overall condition; there is surface wear and obvious repairs to the base.
As with many of our finer and rarer items, we have had this vessel tested by Oxford Authentications, the only testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this item is shown with our images; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 4400 and 6800 years ago".
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