Two other vessels of this unusual form with the protruding human-head knob-like handle on the lower body are published: one illustrated in Neolithic Painted Pottery, Yang-shao Painted Pottery from Kansu Province, National Palace Museum, Taiwan, 1983 or 1984, pl. 32 and the other illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji; Gongyi meishu bian; Taoci (The Great Treasury of Chinese Fine Arts; Arts and Crafts; Ceramics), Shanghai, 1991, vol. 1, p. 11, no. 32.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C299f79 is consistent with the dating of this lot.