Ancient Western Asiatic artistic production dating to the 3rd millennium BC is characterised by finely potted, high fired terracotta vessels, usually enriched by dark pigmented 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. Flaring cups and globular jars, such as this fine example, are among the most popular artefacts excavated. Although the first examples of such pottery production display simple shapes and stylised decorative motives, terracotta wares evolved embracing aesthetics from a multitude of cultures.
Western Asiatic Ceramic Pitcher
A fine Western Asiatic ceramic pitcher featuring a globular body which tapers in at the shoulders leading to a cylindrical neck with an out-splayed, flat rim. A single handle has been applied from the upper body to the neck and a spout is visible on the other side. The vessel sits upon a slightly flat base. The pitcher is enriched with a design painted in black and maroon pigments. Horizontal bands in both colours are displayed on the neck and mid-body. A cross hatching pattern features on both sides of the vessel. Both are framed by a square boarder with one taking the form of an animal, possibly a frog.
Provenance: Ex Rabi Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK, acquired 1970’s-1990’s. From a specialist collection of pottery.
Condition: Excellent condition, earthly encrustation visible to the surface.