A finely modelled Anatolian terracotta jug featuring two applied lug handles, a squat body rising from a flat base, a short, carinated neck and a wide, flaring rim. Two sets of incised lines divide the body into three horizontal registers. A single concentric circle decorates the top one, echoing the slightly more complicated composition of the three dotted circles and a triangle featured at the bottom.
Date: Circa 2nd-1st millennium BC Condition: Fine, minor chips and restoration to the rim
Clay jugs with lug handles, such as this fine example, were prevalent during the Late Bronze and the Early Iron Age in the Anatolia region, possibly used as storage vessels in everyday life. Differing from most of the cultures that flourished in the territories of Ancient Middle East, Anatolian pottery was known for its geometric patterns and painted decorations. Within the entire genre of geometric repertoires seen on Anatolian potteries, dotted circles and geometric patterns were the most favoured motifs, having been frequently employed by local artisans.
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