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 driven from different cultural influences that reached the Western Asiatic region.
Western Asiatic Terracotta Jar with Geometric Motifs
A fine Ancient Persian terracotta jar featuring a globular body leading to a short neck and an everted, folded rim. The vessel sits on a small, flat ring foot. The jar is further enriched with a register of slanted ovals decorated with diagonal lines in black pigment. Four close continuous bands frame the register with a thick red band and a further two black bands above with a thicker one at the top. Below features two bands, a thick red band and a further two black bands finishing the design.
Condition: Fine condition, minor chip to rim. Earthly encrustation covers the surface.