Early Chinese cup

Liangzhu stemmed cup

Stemmed cup.

China, Neolithic Period, Liangzhu culture, ca 3500 B.C.

Slip glazed terracotta, Height: 6 1/2 inches

Elegant and finely made this stemmed cup is very thinly potted, eggshell thin, with incised and pierced decoration.  It’s exquisite fineness and sophisticated form belie its very early date to the late neolithic period, Liangzhu culture in China.