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Superb Ban Chiang Pottery Pedestal Cup, Late First Millennium BCE

Superb Ban Chiang Pottery Pedestal Cup, Late First Millennium BCE


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1365294

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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 stands out because of the rare elegance of its form and the assurance of the abstract design around the exterior of the bowl and around the base of the pedestal. Perhaps it refers to water imagery; water had always been central to these cultures, all the more so as rice cultivation became increasingly widespread. 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 is a 2 cm. area of restoration to the surface of the bowl and the cup has been reattached to the pedestal. All the material and decoration are original; the pot appears to have been professionally cleaned. Provenance: From an old German collection. Price on Request.
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