HABUBA KABIRA CALCITE POT
Measurements: 6 cm − height, 4.8 cm − width, 10.5 cm − height (with stand)
Description: A Near Eastern small calcite piriform jar with a ring foot, featuring radial incisions for grip, a band of incised cross-hatching on the shoulder, a small aperture, just wide enough for the insertion of a finger or kohl applicator, and a wide flaring lip. The small chamber is partially filled with material. The piece is mounted on a custom stand.
Together with Tell Qannas, Habuba Kabira formed the site of an early city populated by the south Mesopotamians, which flourished in the second half of the fourth millennium BC on the right bank of the middle Euphrates. It consisted of about twenty residences of various sizes and a central monumental complex formed by two temples.
Provenance: Ex. Mayfair gallery, London.
Reference: Christie's sale 6060, lot 304.
Period: 3500 - 3300 BC
Condition: Very fine, with clearly defined incisions. One large chip to the base and chipping to the rim. Minor earthy encrustations over the whole and minor scratching to the body.