Chinese Siwa Culture Neolithic Pottery Jar


A beautifully potted Chinese red terracotta jar, dating from the Siwa culture period. From its round flat base, the body spreads out to a wide waist and then tapers in again to the neck, then flaring out to form the mouth, which features the distinctive saddle-shape relating to the Siwa culture. There are two loop handles that join the shoulders to the rim.

Date: Circa 1350 BC
Period: Siwa Culture
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, complete and intact.


SKU: CS-174 Category: Tag:

This type of pottery , sometimes referred to as saddle-shaped, it’s the most distinctive hallmark relating to the Siwa culture, which was a nomadic Bronze Age civilisation revolving around the modern-day Gansu Province, in northwest China, along the Tao river, a tributary of the Yellow river. The culture takes the name from the Siwa mountain, where the Sweden archeologist Johan Andersson first identified it in 1924. This jar is a very fine example witnessing the great skills of Chinese artisans at an early period.

To discover more about the Roger Moss Collection, visit our Provenance Collection Page.

Weight 688 g
Dimensions H 175 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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