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.