Ancient Pottery & Ceramics

Pottery provides a primary source of evidence for numerous periods and civilisations, on account of the ubiquity of clay across the world. Styles, however, are often staunchly local, with possibilities almost boundless when it comes to the pottery’s shape and decoration. During the Neolithic period, for instance, abstract linear designs were popular on the Greek mainland, whereas off the coast on Crete, the impression created by ripple and pattern burnish was preferred. This extraordinary variety is reflected in our own collection, which spans fine alabaster jars of ancient Egypt, to Meiping vases with intricate ornamentation. The collector’s first pottery purchase, whether a vessel for cosmetics, jewellery, eating, or mixing, will unlock an expansive and enthralling history of art and anthropology.

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