Western Asiatic Terracotta Jar with Geometrical Decoration

£ 195.00

A fine ancient Western Asiatic terracotta jar featuring a globular body leading to a short neck and an everted rim. The vessel is further enriched with multiple parallel black bands of plain black pigment, comprising a central register of geometrical decoration, also rendered in black pigment. A beautiful testimony of skilful ancient craftsmanship.

Date: Circa 3rd-2nd Millennium BC.
Provenance: Formerly from a late Japanese gentleman's collection, 1970s-2010s.
Condition: Fine condition, some indentation to the body and minor chip to rim. Earthly encrustation covers the surface.


Product Code: NES-96
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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, such as this fine example, are among the most popular artefacts excavated from graves. Although the first examples of Ancient Western Asiatic pottery production display simple shapes and stylised decorative motives, terracotta wares evolved embracing aesthetics driven from all the cultures of Ancient Western Asia and later the Persian Empire entered in contact with.

Dimensions W 10 x H 10 cm



Near East (Western Asiatic)

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