Urartu was an Iron Age kingdom situated between Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, and the Caucasus mountains, in what was later to be known as the Armenian Highlands. The kingdom was centred around Lake Van and corresponds to the biblical Kingdom of Ararat. Urartu refers predominantly to the region, whilst the term “kingdom of Urartu” is used for the Iron Age state that developed in that region. The Urartu language is known to us from cuneiform inscriptions and was similar to the language spoken by the Hurrians.
Pre-Urartian Pottery Painted Vessel
A magnificent pre-Urartian pottery jar featuring a bi-conical form with a ring-foot and an elegant rounded rim. The jar is decorated in dark and reddish-brown slip on a cream ground with panels of chequer-board, rhombuses, zig-zags and vertical bounds. The jar also features two panels containing the figures of several long-necked birds, interspersed between painted lines and checkers. The jar sits on a small, circular foot.
Provenance: Private North London collection, acquired from Southeby's London Auction, 14th December 1990.
Condition: Fine condition. The piece has been excellently and professionally repaired from several large fragments.