A finely moulded Nabataean orange-reddish terracotta jar, features an elongated pyriform body rising from a flat base. A long and narrow neck leads to a spout that flares out into a trefoil rim. A looped handle is sculpted over the neck and the shoulder.
Date: Circa 1st-2nd century AD Provenance: From an important collection of Near Eastern pottery formed by a gentleman, deceased, before 1988; passed by descent to his family in London and Geneva. Condition: Condition: Fine, complete and intact.
Nabataean culture is known as one of the most represented tribal cultures in North Arabia, which has a wide range of finely executed potteries with exquisite geometric and floral designs painted on or pressed into the surfaces have been attributed. Nabataean wares are characterised by their elegant curves shaped by a globular or pyriform body and a long, slim neck. Differing from many ancient Near Eastern potteries that have a wide, open spout, Nabataen wares are elaborated by the fashion of sculpting the narrow opening into a trefoil design, resembling the flower petals. Nabataean vessels such as this object, might have been used as a religious pouring vessel.
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