This unique hand shaped vessel dates to the Qijia culture, 2400 BC – 1900 BC. It is 13,3 cm long, 10,2 cm high and 6,5 across. It is made from a reddish pottery, which burned black here and there.
The Qijia culture is an early bronze age culture situated around the upper Yellow River region of Gansu. There are amazing accounts of excavations of this culture to be found on the internet.
There are a few signiture shape vessels made in the Qijia culture, the vases with flattened handles, the Li tripods, the owl vases and cord impressed pieces. The vessel shaped like this one are very rare. One example can be found in the Muwentang collection.
This piece originates from the Steve Tobin collection Pennsylvania.
It is kind of appropriate it goes from one artists collection into the other.
collection nr. 26-2015