Ancient Near Eastern artistic production is characterised by finely potted ceramic vessels, usually enriched with dark pigmented or in relief, 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. Although the first examples of Near Eastern pottery production display simple shapes and stylised decorative motives. Ceramic wares evolved, embracing aesthetics driven by all cultures and locations within the Near East region. The production also progressed from simply using their hands on the clay to potters wheels and then kilns.
Near Eastern Grey Ware Vessel
A finely modelled ancient Near Eastern grey ware vessel carved with linear decorations. The vessel stands on a small flat base, from which its biconvex body raises and tapers into a short cylindrical neck. A wide, funnel-shaped mouth opens at the top, marked by a slightly inverted rim. Horizontal grooves embellish the top of the mouth and near the middle of the body, just above the widest point.
Condition: Earthly encrustations to the surface. Repair to the neck with visible cracks to the rim. The vessel sits at a slight slant.