Buff pottery vessel with three swelled legs that end in small blunt points, body has a crinulated band around its girth, and tall, slender spout that ends in trefoil mouth rim, handle connecting middle of body to middle of neck

Ewer

Longshan culture, Shandong province

Neolithic period, About 2500 BC

The oldest ewer in the Museum’s collection comes from about 4500 years ago and imitates earlier metal prototypes. From its loop handle that appears as if fastened with pins to the crimped edge around the middle, as if holding the two halves together, it is a fine example of the useful interchange between ancient metal workers and potters.