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LOT 0307

Sold for (Inc. bp): £4,680

12 3/8 in. (2.3 kg, 31.5 cm high).

A highly important ceramic jar with piriform body, tall tubular neck, everted rim to the mouth and two integral loop handles below the shoulder, decorated with a dense painted ornamental scheme; exhibiting in multiple iterations the archaic Chinese pictogram tian for "field" in Banpo script, the earliest form of writing in China.

From Gansu.
Ex private collection Ascona, Switzerland, 1965.
Ex Martin Schøyen collection.
Accompanied by a copy of the Schøyen collection entry no.MS 3024/2.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate no.11372-192662.

See Keightley, David. N., The Origins of Writing in China: Scripts and Cultural Contexts in Senner, W. M., The Origins of Writing University of Nebraska Press, 1989.

The Martin Schøyen collection is a unique curated assemblage of written 'documents' of all kinds from around the world including manuscripts, scrolls and epigraphic items. There is no comparable collection of such variety geographically, linguistically, textually, and in terms of scripts, writing materials, etc., over such a great span of time as five millennia.