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 these bowls could therefore indicate an even greater control of the material by the potter, for an even more exceptional use such as religious or ceremonial purpose.
Selection of Neo-Assyrian Terracotta Bowls
A extremely fine selection of Neo-Assyrian bowls, potted from brigh red terracotta. The bowls feature an unequally biconical body with sharp shoulders, a flared rim and a slightly flattened base. Their shape is related to what, in the Neo-Assyrian Empire, was called ‘Palace Ware’.
Condition: Extremely fine condition, with some signs of ageing to the surface.