AGE: – Dawenkou Culture 4300 BC-2500 BC
CONSTRUCTION: – Earthenware
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Earthenware Neolithic Tripod Ewer – One leg chipped and repairs to handle
HEIGHT: – 34cm
Circumference around widest part:– 56cm
WEIGHT:– 2.35 kg.
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Rare Chinese Earthenware Neolithic Tripod Ewer (Gui), thought to be reserved for ritual rather than daily use, although there is consideration that they could also have been used for wine or water, or used as a unique type of cooker in ancient China.
The Neolithic period in China began around 8,000 years ago through to the Han Dynasty from 206 BC – 220 AD. The various cultures that existed in China during the Neolithic period, or New Stone Age, is usually divided into regional areas, such as North-eastern China, North-Central, Eastern, South-eastern and South-central China, and can be broken down into later or earlier Neolithic cultures.
Black and grey pottery was popular during the neolithic period and presented in these distinctive shapes, many with hollow tripod legs. This type of Gui is typical of those found dating to the Dawenkou cultures 4,500 – 2,500 BCE, located in Shandong and Jiangsu provinces. These Gui ewers were usually white, grey, black earthenware often with a rope/pie crust decoration circling the mid section. The spout varied, some with a flared pointed spout such as this Gui.