Longshan Culture (2800-2000 B.C.), Qijia Region, Shaanxi-Henan
From the Qijia region in the Shaanxi-Henan provinces, the grey earthenware ewer decorated with serrated strips
as beak and brows as the head of a bird (perhaps an owl), and cord-impressed body, single applied loop handle
Condition: two chips on the spout rim; otherwise excellent
From the Qijia region in the Shaanxi-Henan provinces, the grey earthenware ewer decorated with serrated
strips as beak and brows as the head of a bird (perhaps an owl), the bulbous cord-impressed tripod base (li)
ending in small feet, single applied loop handle
Note: Bird decorated vessels were common to the Longshan culture and Qijia regions. The people were ancestor
(as opposed to fertility) worshipers. Vessels were quite often made to be attractive to the human form, so that the ancestors
would live within, and bless the vessel and its contents. Cord impressed decoration added not only visually, but to the
strength and heating qualities of the vessels. Tripod vessels from this culture have a unique soapy feel to their
surface. Later bronze tripod vessels were derived from this "li" tripod ceramic shape.
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Two Longshan Qiuia Region Neolitic Earthenware Ewers, China c2800-2000 B.C