Western Asiatic Terracotta Jar with Geometric Motifs


A fine Western Asiatic terracotta jar standing on a short foot, from which its globular body raises and leads to a cylindrical neck with an everted, folded rim. The vessel is enriched with a central register of horizontal and vertical undulating lines, rendered in rich dark pigment. To the top, five bands, executed in the same dark pigmentation, are painted above the register and enclose a thick red band. Towards the base of the jar, a thick red band and a further two black bands complete the design.

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


Ancient 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 from a multitude of cultures.

Weight 200 g
Dimensions W 8.5 x H 11.3 cm


Pottery and Porcelain

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