Western Asiatic Terracotta Jar with Geometric Motifs

£ 245.00

A fine Ancient Persian terracotta jar featuring a globular body resting on a slightly convex base. As it raises from the base, the vessel’s body forms a continuously curved profile and leads to a short neck with an everted, folded rim. The jar is enriched with a frieze of geometric patterns, comprised of triangles and diagonal lines executed in dark pigmentation. Three thick and richly painted concentric bands wrap around the vessel’s neck and lower half of the body, framing the central decorative panel.

Date: Circa 3rd-2nd Millennium BC
Condition: Good condition; some earthly encrustations on the surface.


Ancient Persian 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 all the cultures the Persian Empire entered in contact with.

Weight 189 g
Dimensions W 9.8 x H 9.3 cm


Pottery and Porcelain

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