Neolithic Chinese Bird Vessel from the Qijia Culture


A finally potted Chinese orange terracotta vessel modelled in the shape of a bird and dating to the Neolithic period. The vessel sits on a flat base, its body modelled mimicking the shape of stylised a bird, featuring vestigial wings that act as handles as well as a tail with the same purpose. Its neck ends in a teardrop shaped opening, featuring an everted rim with a canal for the careful pouring of its contents. The body of the vessel features an etched decoration all over, probably replicating the plumage of a bird. This is an exceptional item, very well conserved and witnessing the great craftsmanship of Chinese potters from an ancient era.

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: Extremely fine.


SKU: CS-178 Category: Tag:

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.

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Weight 504.2 g
Dimensions L 18 x H 12.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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