Large Chinese Neolithic Siwa Culture Pottery Jar with Oxford TL Test (c. 1350 BC)
This large and attractively-shaped pottery jar dates to the Siwa culture (c. 1350 BC). From its flat base, the body spreads out to an unusually wide waist and then tapers in a little before spreading out again to form the wide saddle-shaped mouth. There are two loop handles that join the shoulder to the rim. Much of the surface has been fired to a very attractive orange-red with variations in colour in places, even a small area of dark grey, a result of uneven conditions during the firing process. It has a burnished surface, very smooth to the touch.
A good size with a height of 23.5 cm (9.25 inches), diameter 27.5 cm (10.75 inches). Overall condition is very good; inevitably there is some repair to the edge of the vulnerable rim, as should reasonably be expected, and part of the lower surface on one side is also "pock marked".
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 2200 and 3400 years ago".
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