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", made from an orange-coloured pottery that has sooty deposits on the outer surface suggesting it was used placed in a fire to heat its contents. The lower body has been covered in repeated cord impressions. Although the "top" of the vessel also has cord impressions, these are more likely to have been formed 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. 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 !).
Height 13 cm. Fine condition with no sign of restoration or repair.
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