Ancient Iranian 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, such as this fine example, are among the most popular artefacts excavated from Iranian graves, especially the ones from Susa in southwestern Iran. Although the first examples of Ancient Iranian pottery production display simple shapes and stylised decorative motives, terracotta wares evolved embracing aesthetics driven from all the cultures Ancient Iran and later the Persian Empire entered in contact with.
Ancient Persian Terracotta Jar with Birds
A fine Ancient Persian terracotta jar featuring a globular body leading to a short neck and an everted rim. The vessel is further enriched with a register of three birds standing right with bent legs alternating with geometric motifs of curved and straight lines, painted in black pigment. The scene is enclosed with a black continuous band to the top and two to the bottom. The neck and rim are painted completely black.
Condition: Fine condition, slight cracks across the body. Earthly encrustation covers the surface.