Western Asiatic Painted Terracotta Cup


A finely potted terracotta painted cup, featuring a cylindrical body rising from a flat base, and a wide mouth. The vessel appears decorated with thick bands painted in red pigment running around the base and vessel’s mouth, while a stylised ibex’s head adorn the vessel’s body. The motif of a stylised ram’s head is typical of ancient Western asiatic art.


Date: Circa 3rd-2nd Millennium BC
Condition: Fine, with minor chipping to the rim.

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Ancient Western Asiatic artistic production dating to the 3rd millennium BC is characterised by finely potted, high fired terracotta vessels, usually enriched by dark pigmented geometric or zoomorphic decorations. Such vessels would have been produced to store food, but also as burial goods to be placed with the deceased in the tomb. Flaring cups and globular jars, such as this fine example, are among the most popular artefacts excavated. Although the first examples of such pottery production display simple shapes and stylised decorative motives, terracotta wares evolved embracing aesthetics driven from all the cultures that entered in contact with Western Asiatic people.

Weight 105 g
Dimensions H 7 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item,The Metropolitan Museum, item 48.98.3.

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