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Rare Chinese Neolithic / Bronze Age Siwa Culture Black Pottery Jar (c. 1350 Bc) For Sale
Brian Page Antiques Brighton Chinese Japanese Antiques & Antiquities
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Rare Chinese Neolithic /
Bronze Age Siwa
Culture Black Pottery Jar (c. 1350 BC)
This fine and elegantly-shaped pottery vessel was
made over 3,000 years ago by peoples of the Siwa Culture (c.1350 BC)
from present day Gansu or Qinghai province. It is quite
"heavily-potted" yet finely constructed with high handles, a
saddle-shaped mouth and a wide body. Pottery jars from the Siwa culture are
rarer than those of the preceding Qijia and Majiayao cultures and most known
examples are made from an orange or buff-coloured pottery. Black pottery jars
are rarer still ! The surface is finely burnished making this jar a real
pleasure to handle as well as to look at! The varying surface shades are as a
result of uneven temperatures during firing in the Neolithic kiln.
What makes this particular jar even more interesting
is the character incised in to surface (we are certain this was done in
antiquity), the meaning of which is unknown.
A good size with a height of 23 cm (9 inches).
The mouth edge has been repaired and there is a stabilised crack to the shoulder
and one handle, but of course any serious collector would not mind such minor
repairs. Overall, this jar is a nice example in good presentable condition.
For reference to a similar, but much smaller and
more coarse, example, see the China Institute book "Dawn of the Yellow Earth:
Ancient Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection".
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