From the 9th until the 7th century BC, the Assyrian Palace Ware, characterised by thin walls and wide carinated rims, was used by the highest classes of society of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. The thinness of the walls was actually related to the manufacturing process: indeed, it appears that it ensured the potters that they would not explode during the firing, carried out at temperatures ranging from 850 to 900 degrees. The thickness of this bowl could therefore indicate an even greater control of the material by the potter, for an even more exceptional use such as religious purpose.
Neo-Assyrian Terracotta Bowl
An extremely fine Neo-Assyrian bowl, potted from bright red clay. This bowl is unequally biconical with a sharp shoulder, a flared rim and a slightly flattened base. Its shape is related to what, in the Neo-Assyrian Empire, was called ‘Palace Ware’.
Condition: Fine condition, few earthy encrustations and minor chips.