A vintage ceramic vase from West German producer Carstens - made in their Austrian factory and dating back to the 1960s-70s.
A matte grey, textured vase with a brutalist relief pattern - though I can't really decide whether this relief looks ancient and aztec or just alien.
The glaze is not just grey coloured, it looks like a thin top layer of white over a thin layer of black through which you can still see, here and there, the red clay used for the vase.
A very striking and unusual piece, more an artefact than a vase!
It is in great vintage condition, I have found no cracks, chips or flakes.The vase stands at 22 cm / 8.5" high.