Chinese Neolithic Qijia Culture Tripod Pot with Bowl Lid


A finely potted Chinese Neolithic tripod hemispherical pot with matching bowl-shaped lid, dating to the Qijia culture. The hemispherical pot has been modelled in red terracotta and features three small conical feet attached to a round, flat base, from which the body of the bowl rises ending in a flattened rim. The bowl-shaped lid features a ring foot and a flat rim, with a raised ridge to the inside to keep it secured over the pot. The flattened top might have been also used to place offerings or incense sticks. The bottom vessel features a textured surface, comprising a geometrical decoration with incised crossing lines, possibly recreating the appearance of a weaved straw basket, a usual motif on Chinese Neolithic pottery wares.

Date: Circa 2200-1500 BC
Period: Neolithic Period
Provenance: The C. Roger Moss OBE collection. The late C. Roger Moss OBE was a renowned art collector who, throughout the years, thanks to his determination and enthusiasm, was able to create an outstanding collection of artworks, most prominently from China and the Orient, but also from other cultures.
Condition: Very fine, light earthly encrustations to the surface.


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The Qijia culture was a Neolithic culture that grew along the Yellow River from the 3rd millennium until the 2nd millennium BC, one of the earliest culture in ancient China. Such earthenware vessels were designed primarily for use over display, and this early need for basic pottery has remained relevant, especially in a culture such as Qijia, which was transitioning from mobile to sedentary existence. The Qijia culture pottery is rare compared to the other Chinese Neolithic ceramic. The dominant characteristic of the culture appears to have been the comblike designs and amphora-like shapes of its vases. Their most common implements were stone axes and rectangular knives, although small copper ware items were also widely used.

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Weight 1000 g
Dimensions H 11 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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