Western Asiatic Terracotta Jar


A very fine  terracotta jar featuring a globular body leading to a short neck and an everted, folded rim. The vessel is further enriched with a register of eighteen vertical ellipse motifs painted in red pigment and outlined with black. Two continuous bands sit above while a further three bellow the register, the rim is also painted black.

Date: Circa 3rd-2nd Millennium BC
Condition: Excellent condition, earthly encrustation covers the surface.


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.

Weight 715 g
Dimensions W 13.4 x H 16.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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