A Neolithic black pottery stemcup

Longshan culture, 3rd millennium B.C.

The very thinly potted pear-shaped body with a wide cupped mouth is supported on a tall open foot with splayed base. The upper stem is finely incised with concentric lines, the lower stem decorated with six groups of three seed-shaped piercings.

11.5 cm high

 

Provenance:

A Dutch private collection

It is rare to find a stemcup of this unusual form. A near identical one from the Julius Eberhardt Collection is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Collection Julius Eberhardt – Early Chinese Art, Hong Kong, pl. 7. A further closely related example was sold at Sotheby’s New York, March 2007, lot no. 576.


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