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High-stemmed Black Pottery Cup
Shantung Lung-shan Culture (ca. 2600-2000 BC), Neolithic period
Height: 24 cm, rim diameter: 11 cm, base diameter: 6 cm

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During the Lung-shan Culture, the technique of using a potting wheel to produce ceramic objects was developed. Vessels with very thin walls could be made, and even carved with openwork patterns, in what became known as "egg-shell pottery". In the kiln, the adding of charcoal at the very end or closing the air intake would create a flux of carbon that creates black pottery.

Text: Teng Shu-p'ing
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