Hongshan culture pot

This small earthenware pot is from the Hongshan culture. This culture is found in north-west China, Inner Mongolia to Liaoning. It is dated between 4700 to 2900 BC. The culture was only found in early 20th century, and I find different stories on that. It is mostly know for the jade pieces, and the Niuheliang temple complex.

2015-06-08 15.20.16 Hongshan literally means red hill, and the pottery of this piece is red too, so is most other pottery found there.

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This pot measures 9 cm, it is made from a red clay which is fairly high fired. The walls are relatively thick. There are four lug handles, on a low waist, which is a typical Hongshan shape. In the neck are two small (drilled ?) holes.

2015-06-08 15.17.50 There is an obvious restoration in the neck, and some chips to the rim, and some cracks.

2015-06-08 15.18.43 Most books do not mention Hongshan culture, and information is yet hard to come by.

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