Fine & Rare Chinese Neolithic Pottery Owl Jar / Ewer - Qijia Culture (c. 2050 - 1700 BC) with Oxford TL Test
This rare very 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 made from a pale creamy-brown pottery. The outer surface of the body has been decorated with repeated cord impressions. The wide loop handle has a decorative strip of clay applied to its surface. The domed half-cover of the jar has been luted to the rim and has a wide decorative strip of clay and two wide holes to form the "face" of an owl. It is unusually highly-fired for Qijia cord-impressed pottery, no doubt the main factor in it surviving in such remarkable condition.
Height 19 cm (7.5 inches). This is a particularly fine example of good size and with no sign of any restoration or repair, the only apparent damage being a small chip to the inner edge of the handle.
As with many of our finer and rarer items, we have had this vessel tested by Oxford Authentications, the only testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this item is shown with our images; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 2700 and 4200 years ago".
For information: this vessel is from the collection of the late Professor Coope, who built his collection of Chinese Neolithic pottery in the 1990s buying from various sources including ourselves.
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