Nabatean Terracotta Decorated Bowl


A finely rendered Nabatean terracotta bowl featuring extremely thin walls and a smooth finishing. The bowl sits upon a ring foot and the sides flare outwards leading to the slightly everted rim. The inside of the bowl is decorated with delicate geometric motifs including dots, curves and lines, rendered and hand- painted in a darker, brown pigment. The outside of the bowl features a band of white slip covering the rim. An exquisite example of the finest Nabataean ware.

Date: Circa 1st-2nd century AD
Provenance: From the important family collection of the late M.N., pre 1992.
Condition: Very fine condition, some dulling to pigment with age. Old collectors label to the reverse. Minor chip to foot.

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SKU: LD-577 Category: Tags: ,

The Nabataean tribes first encroached upon Jordan and the surrounding area sometime in the 6th century BC. Thought of originally as a nomadic people they settled in the area, existing as an autonomous kingdom until the 2nd century AD, when they were finally defeated by the Romans. Nabataean pottery can roughly be grouped into two large categories; Fine ware and course ware. These two groups were then split into subcategories, including the fine ware bowls with painted decoration that exemplify the style. Fine ware Nabataean pottery, made exclusively in and around Petra, is categorised by its very thin walls (known as egg-shell pottery), its deep red colouring and painted floral patterns. Course ware remained thicker in its measurements and undecorated. Such vessels, featuring a thickness of 1-3 mm and a metallic hardness (mostly shallow open bowls) were extremely difficult to be potted on the potter’s wheel. With the Roman conquest of the area around 150 AD, Nabatean pottery production started losing its thinness and polychrome decoration, becoming cruder and simpler.

Weight 108.6 g
Dimensions W 14.7 x H 4 cm


Pottery and Porcelain


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