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 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 Jar
A finely potted Ancient Iranian terracotta painted jar, featuring a globular body and painted decoration. The vessels large rounded body tapers into a short, squat neck and slightly flaring rim. Painted geometric patterns decorate the neck and body and consist of a continuous frieze in dark brown paint, interspersed by a zigzagging line and large circles. Additional white pigment colours the centre of each circle. The base is slightly rounded.
Condition: Fine, with minor chipping to the rim. Repair to the body.