Syria, Tell Halaf
Ceramic; 3.23 in. (8.2 cm)
Purchase, Colt Archaeological Institute Inc. Gift, 1983 (1983.407)
This bowl has been pieced together from seventeen shards from the site of Tell Halaf, in modern Syria. It was excavated at the important site of Tell Brak, in modern Syria. Approximately half of the rim is preserved with the exterior and inner side decorated with brown paint on a buff background typical of pottery belonging to the Halaf culture. A lozenge pattern with central dots decorates the exterior and lozenges and striations adorn the inner rim. Halaf pottery is remarkable for the quality of its production and, as a result, often survives at sites dating to this period.