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.
Western Asiatic Terracotta Jar with Geometric Motifs
An Ancient Persian terracotta jar featuring a globular body leading to a short, slightly everted neck. The lower half of the vessel remains undecorated, whilst the upper half is richly adorned with a register of segmented ovals, depicted on contrasting diagonals, that alternate with black circles. Two continuous bands frame the register from the bottom, whilst black and maroon bands enclose the register from above. Two additional black bands and a series of black v shapes complete the design around the vessel’s neck and rim.
Condition: Good condition, there are some minor chips and earthly encrustations.