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Rare Chinese Neolithic Owl Jar Ewer - Qijia Culture


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Rare Chinese Neolithic Owl Jar Ewer - Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC)

This rare and interesting pottery vessel was made by peoples of the Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC). Such vessels are sometimes called "owl" jars. It is quite "heavily-potted" and made from an grey pottery. The "top" of the vessel has woven impressions, most likely made when this piece of clay was being formed, resting on some kind of woven material, prior to being luted to the top of the ewer. A strip of clay in a "W" pattern had been applied across this cover, but only one end of it now survives. There are two holes in the top of the ewer, opposite the loop handle to enable it to be used as a pouring vessel (and also to be seen as two eyes of the owl !). On much of the inner surface are the remains of ancient root/plant growths from its long burial.

Height 12 cm. At the waist on one side is what seems to be a stabilised crack but no such crack is apparent on the inside so presumably it is a firing crack that has been unnecessarily filled in.

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