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Pedestal cups are quite common among first millennium BCE pottery from a variety of different cultures in mainland Southeast Asia. Perhaps it can be assumed that they served a ritual function, possibly in conjunction with the large bronze bells that are also found at many of these sites. The Ban Chiang examples from Northeast Thailand are particularly lively, with their freely-painted buff and brick red decorations. This one, however, is especially rare because it is one of only a handful of recorded Ban Chiang pots decorated with human figures. There are three on the bowl and four on the base; the bowl is also painted with the buffalo horns motif that is common on these pedestal cups. All the painting is original and authentic.
Late 1st millennium BCE
Height: 15.7 cm.; width: 15 cm.
Condition: Repairs and restoration are to be expected in all old pottery artefacts; this one is in very good condition, with signs of wear commensurate with its age. There are two small patches of restoration to the bowl and one to the pedestal. There is a chip to the foot.
Provenance: From an old German collection.
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