Chinese Black Pot from the Longshan Culture


An extremely fine and well-preserved black-ware pot dating from the Chinese Longshan Culture period. The pot features a flat oval base, a single handle with thickened rims and central raised ridge ending in a top conical prick. The handle joins the body to the mouth, which is modelled with a pouring rim. One applied wire decorates the top of the vessel with a heart shape, part of it missing on one side. The item comes with its original lid. 

Date: Circa 3000-19000 BC
Period: Neolithic Period
Provenance: The C. Roger Moss OBE collection. The late C. Roger Moss OBE was a renowned art collector who, throughout the years, thanks to his determination and enthusiasm, was able to create an outstanding collection of artworks, most prominently from China and the Orient, but also from other cultures.
Condition: Very fine, part of the applied decoration wire missing. Some earthly encrustation to the surface.

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SKU: CS-179 Category: Tag:

The Longshan culture, also sometimes referred to as the Black Pottery Culture, was a Neolithic civilization based in the middle and lower Yellow River valley areas of northern China from about 3000 to 1900 BC. Longshan potters appear to have focused on the form of vessels, which are incredibly varied and different from anything recovered elsewhere. The most common shapes are jugs with pouring spouts, tall stemmed cups, handled cups, and tripod bowls with hollow legs which were used for cooking. Most black pottery wares have been found in elite tombs and not in residential areas, suggesting that they were reserved for use solely by the wealthy and probably also for ritual purposes rather than for everyday use.  

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Weight 177 g
Dimensions L 12 x H 9 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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