A Chinese Neolithic Terra Cotta Pot


The first ceramics produced in China around ten or eleven thousand years ago were utilitarian wares and this early role for basic pottery has never diminished.  However, long before the Bronze Age (c 1000 BC) fanciful thin-walled, painted and burnished earthenwares, some of intricate shapes, were being used as ritual vessels in various Neolithic cultures located along the Yellow and Yantze river valleys.  

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Dimensions 14 in

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Terra Cotta
circa 2000 BC - first half of the 3rd millennium

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