Numerous proto-urbanised cultures once flourished in the lands of Middle Eastern Iron Age, producing a wide range of potteries of various shapes and distinctive geometric and zoomorphic decorations. Amlash culture was one such civilisations, known for its creative pottery executions. In addition to the rich zoomorphic ornamentations that appear on numerous Amlash potteries, geometric repertories and spiked applications were equally favoured by Amlash pottery artists. Terracotta vessels, such as this fine example, might have been inspired by paralleled metal wares, and were used in either in funeral libation contexts, ritual occasions and in everyday life.
Amlash Ritual Spouted Bowl
An extremely fine Amlash terracotta spouted ritual bowl, modelled in bright orange terracotta and featuring a flat base and a deep hemispherical container. The vessel features spiked protrusions to the rim, characteristic of Amlash pottery in the Iron Age. The bowl displays a short, tubular-shaped spout to one end, echoing the loop handle to the other side.
Condition: Excellent condition, complete and intact with some earthly encrustation to the surface.