The Nabataean tribes first encroached upon Jordan and the surrounding area sometime in the 6th century BC. Thought of originally as 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.
Nabataean Terracotta Basket
A fine Nabataean basket moulded from terracotta featuring a cylindrical body which slightly expands outwards towards the carinated shoulder and wide flaring mouth. A single handle has been applied to either side of the rim creating a large arch. Earthly encrustation is visible across the surface with a minor crack to the rim.
Provenance: From a family collection, London, pre 1988.
Condition: Fine condition, the handle has been repaired in two places with residue visible. Some flaking to the surface.