Dawenkou/Longshan Culture, 3rd Millennium BC
The body stands on three legs each swelling from a small foot and joining together to form the near globular body which is encircled by a rope-twist band. The tall cylindrical neck joins the body with a broad strap handle and rises to the flared mouth pinched to form a tall tubular spout.
The earthenware has fired to a whitish buff sheen
Height 33,5 cm
A smaller ewer of this form is illustrated by Regina Krahl in: Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Three (1), 2006, No. 1053
Another related ewer excavated in Linyi county, Shandong province was included in the Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People’s Republic of China, Tokyo, Cat., No. 12
Provenance: Sotheby's London.7th December 1993, Lot no. 117
Collection of Mr Robert Suermont, Netherlands