Tall Chinese Neolithic Xiajiadian Culture Li Tripod with Oxford TL Test
This superb and rare 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 particularly characteristic of this Neolithic culture with its wide rim, partly hollow udder-shaped legs and carefully constructed body. In places on the finely burnished surface are chalky calcium-like deposits, a result of its long burial.
This is a large example with a height of 25.5 cm (10 inches); the diameter of the mouth is 16 cm (6.5 inches). Most known examples do have some degree of restoration or repair. There is a repaired chip and another unprepared chip to the rim edge. Overall condition, however, is exceptional.
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 2900 and 4400 years ago".
Please also see the other similar example we are offering for sale, stock number MA225.
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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