Qijia Culture Terracotta Vase
An elegant Chinese Neolithic two handled orange terracotta vase, dating to the Qijia culture. The vase sits on a flat base, and features a conical body that enlarges from the bottom to the top into a wide, flaring opening. A double groove decorates the body of the vase, where the two flat handles originate. The lower part of the vase, beneath the grooves, also features a decoration of faint, combed lines.
Circa 2200-1500 BCPeriod:
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.
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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