A rare Chinese Neolithic funnel-necked amphora in orange terracotta. The vessel has a flattened base that gently curves upwards towards a slightly concave centre. To the top, it features distinct shoulders, conjoined by a broad neck and a wide flaring lip. The body is decorated with a vertical ‘impressed cord’ pattern, and two small lug handles at the waist.
Date: Circa 2200-1700 BC Period: Neolihtic Period Condition: Fine condition; repair to lip, otherwise complete and intact, with good detail to the patterning.
The Qijia Culture is named after the Qijiaping Site in Gansu Province, China. The culture was distributed around the upper Yellow river region of Gansu (centered in Lanzhou) and eastern Qinghai The Qijia people lived in large villages in terraces along the river and buried their dead in pits. The dominant characteristic of the culture appears to have been comblike designs and amphora-like vases and their most common implements were stone axes and rectangular knives, although small copperware items were also widely used. The Qijia culture pottery is rare compared to the other Chinese Neolithic ceramic and most of the known Qijia culture pottery artefacts are not very tall.
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