Fine Tall Chinese Neolithic Xiajiadian Culture Pottery Li Tripod
This very interesting and rare 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. Interestingly, the surface colour varies in places from black to a pale yellowish-brown, due to uneven conditions in the Neolithic kiln. On the surface in places, especially to the inner surface, are calcified burial deposits and traces of ancient root/plant growths.
Height 21.75 cm (8.5 inches). Condition is exceptional with no restoration or repair.
Please also see the TL tested example we are offering for sale, stock number MA234.
We bought this tripod around 15 years ago and have not previously offered it for sale. 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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