Ancient Iranian artistic production dating to the 3rd millennium BC is characterisez 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, such as this fine example, are among the most popular artefacts excavated from Iranian graves, especially the ones from Susa in southwestern Iran. Although the first examples of Ancient Iranian pottery production display simple shapes and stylised decorative motives, terracotta wares evolved embracing aesthetics driven from all the cultures Ancient Iran and later the Persian Empire entered in contact with.
Ancient Persian Painted Terracotta Cup
A finely potted Ancient Iranian 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 Iranian art.
Condition: Fine, with minor chipping to the rim.