Ancient Persian Painted Terracotta Dish

£ 195.00

A finely potted Ancient Iranian terracotta painted dish, featuring an indented body and painted decoration. The vessels features gently sloping sides, indented slightly within the centre to form a wide rim. A painted linear motif separates the body and rim. Towards the centre is a further decorative element, in the form of a stylised flower with four large petals and off-shooting tendrils.

Date: Circa 3rd-2nd Millennium BC
Condition: Fine. Few chips to the base.


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.

Weight 147.3 g
Dimensions W 12.6 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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