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 decoration. Such vessels would have been produced to store food, but also as burial goods to be placed with the deceased in the tomb. The globular vessels, as exemplified here, 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 Terracotta Spouted Vessel
A fine Western Asiatic terracotta vessel featuring a globular body with tapering shoulders leading to a short, cylindrical neck and an everted, flat rim. The vessel sits upon a flat base and has an applied handled attached from the neck to the shoulder. A spout extend up from the shoulder and is strengthened with a bar attached to the rim and midway across the spout. The vessel is further enriched with geometric patterns painted in a dark pigment. The interior of the rim is decorated with a thick band while the exterior of the body features two scenes of horse and riders. One displays the figure sitting on the horse while the other has the figure standing on the horse’s back. The scenes are encompassed by thin square frame embellished with linear lines. The middle section of the body is decorated with a thick horizontal band, presented below the riding imagery. Earthly encrustation is visible and covers parts of the designs.
Condition: Fine Condition, encrustation is visible to the surface.