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 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.
Western Asiatic Terracotta Vessel with Bichrome Decoration
A fine Western Asiatic terracotta vessel featuring a biconvex body which sits on a small flat base with a short spout and an everted rim. Across the middle of the body is a horizontal groove with three loop handles, two of which are now blocked, intended for the attachment of a carry cord. The vessel is painted with a bichrome decoration composed of nine radiating dark red leaf-like motifs. Each are emerging from a central black circle displayed at the top and encircled by a horizontal undulating red band. The design is further enriched by a thick black band to the medial groove, and two thin black bands above an undulating red band to the spout. The lower part of the vessel remains unadorned.
Provenance: Ex Rabi gallery, 1990s. Private collection of Iranian art.
Condition: Fine condition with signs of ageing to the surface.