Ancient Persian Terracotta Jar with Ibexes


An Ancient Persian terracotta jar standing on a slightly convex base, from which its globular body raises and leads to a short flaring neck. The vessel is enriched with a decorative frieze comprising two stylised ibexes, portrayed with elongated bodies and long, wavy horns painted in black pigment. Two sets of floral depictions divide the pot into two registers. The central scene is framed by dark continuous bands, whilst a the neck and rim are painted in the same dark pigmentation.

Date: Circa 3rd-2nd Millennium BC
Condition: Very fine condition, slight chips to body.


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 and globular 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.

Weight 382 g
Dimensions W 10.8 x H 12.1 cm


Pottery and Porcelain

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