Similar painted vessels have been excavated at prehistoric sites in Inner Mongolia considered to be of the early Xiajiadian cultural phase.
See Zhongguo wenwu jinghua (Gems of China's Cultural Relics), Wenwu Press, Beijing, 1990, fig. 28; Kaogu 1992:4, pl. 4; and Kaogu 1975:2, p. 101, fig. 3. And the li from Dadianzi, Aohanqi, Inner Mongolia, included in the exhibition, The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 19 September 1999 - 2 January 2000, p. 154, no. 41.
See, also, the similar vessel painted in the same palette but with hooked scrolls, from the Hardy Collection, sold in these rooms, 21 September 1995, lot 3.
The decoration on the present li is more geometric than on the cited examples.