Vessel; Pre Uratu, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, 2nd millennium B.C.
Attached thermoluminescence test issued by QED Laboratoire.
It features restorations.
Acquired in Sotheby's on 14 December 1990.
Size: 44,5 x 43 cm.
Wide-mouthed jar, with a rich polychrome decoration in red and black colours on a cream background. While in the upper area the decoration is almost exclusively geometric and is distributed in horizontal bands. The painting of the body of the vessel is arranged in vertical bands, in which geometric motifs and wavy lines alternate with two stripes decorated with birds and caprids, probably ibex, outlined in a subtle black line. This combination of decorative patterns enhances the shape of the pot and makes it a highly original piece. All the decoration, as well as the leading role of the ibex in the central area of the vessel, an animal associated with vitality and fertility, seems to indicate that this container would have a meaning of a ritual nature.
Uratu was located geographically between Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, and the Caucasus, around Lake Van, in what would later become a part from Armenia. The kingdom of Uratu, identified with the Ararat of the Bible, developed during the Iron Age, the period after the manufacture of this vessel.
Purchased by the current owner in 2018 in London UK from an art gallery, previous, private collection owned before 80's.
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- Secolo / Intervallo di tempo
- segundo milenio a.C.