Ancient Iranian 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 jars, 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 Globular Terracotta Jar
A very fine Ancient Persian terracotta jar featuring a globular body leading to a short neck and an everted, folded rim. The vessel is further enriched with a register of two birds facing right with their wings outspread, vertical lines decorate the bodies and wings. Alternating with the birds is a branch with two leaves either side, all painted in black pigment. Three continuous bands sit above while a further one bellow the register, the rim is also painted black.
Condition: fine condition, minor chips to rim and earthly encrustation covers the surface.