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