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 from Iranian graves, especially the ones from Susa. 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 Ibexes
An Ancient Persian terracotta jar featuring a globular body leading to a short, slightly everted neck. The vessel is further enriched with a register of four stylised ibexes with plumped bodies and long exaggerated horns painted in black pigment. Four continuous bands sit above the register, earthly encrustation is visible across the surface.
Condition: Very fine condition, slight chips to body.