Ancient Persian Terracotta Jar with Ibexes

£ 255.00

An Ancient Persian beautifully decorated terracotta jar. The vessel features a squat carinated body, a broad waisted neck with an everted rim and it sits on a shallow discoid foot. Extensively decorated, with the upper body painted with a band featuring 3 panels, each centred by a stylized ibex with long horns, facing backwards. Each panel is separated by five parallel vertical plain lines.  A quaint example of Ancient Persian decorated terracotta vessel.

Date: Circa 3rd-2nd Millennium BC.
Provenance: Formerly from a late Japanese gentleman's collection, 1970s-2010s.
Condition: Fine, a few chips along the rim and some dents on the body. The item is covered in earthly encrustations.


Product Code: NES-100
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Ancient Iranian 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 Iranian graves, especially the ones from Susa in southwestern Iran. Although the first examples of Ancient Iranian pottery production display simple shapes and stylised decorative motives, terracotta wares evolved embracing aesthetics driven from all the cultures Ancient Iran and later the Persian Empire entered in contact with.


Dimensions W 13 x H 9 cm

Near East (Western Asiatic)