A Neolithic pottery tripod ewer, li gui
Longshan culture (3rd millennium B.C.)
the globular body resting on three legs and encircled by a rope-twist band, the tall cylindrical neck joined to the body with a broad strap handle and rising to the flared mouth to form a long spout, the speckled body buffed to a gentle sheen
height 33.5 cm
Sotheby’s London, December 1993, lot no. 117
A private Dutch collection
A related Longshan pottery ewer was included in the Exhibition of Archeological Finds of the People’s Republic of China, Tokyo, 1978, catalogue no. 12, together with a Shang dynasty bronze vessel of related form. See another similar example with two handles in Liu Liang-Yu ‘A Survey of Chinese Ceramics, Early Wares: Prehistoric to Tenth Century’, vol. 1, Taipei, 1991, p. 23.