Mesopotamian Neo-Hittite pottery vase with figures


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A rare pottery vase with a frieze of applied and incised decoration around the shoulder. The decoration consists of four highly stylised profile human figures separated by unidentified vertical structures, possibly trees, as well as a bird next to a branch and a solar disc. The inside of the rim is decorated with applied pellets.

Although votive pottery figures are relatively common from this region, pottery vessels with figurative decoration are surprisingly scarce.

Northern Mesopotamia, Neo-Hittite, c. 10th to 8th Century BC

14 x 13.3 cms

Intact apart from minor chipping and wear, some losses around the rim as seen in the photographs

Ex. private collection, Versailles, France; acquired in the late 20th Century