A Neolithic black pottery stemcup

Longshan culture, 3rd millennium B.C.

The thinly potted stemcup is raised on a tall hollow stem pierced with five rows of vertical slits above the domed base with flaring foot. The cup had spreading sides with a flaring rim.

20.6 cm high



Formerly in collection of Robert Suermont

Sotheby’s London, 7 December 1993, lot no. 116

Five related stemcups of varying sizes are illustrated in Liu Liang-yu, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics, Volume I, pp. 52 and 53. Other similar stemcups are illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Three (I), pls. 1058-1061 and 1063.


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