Sherd

Period: Halaf

Date: ca. 5600–5000 B.C.

Geography: Syria, Tell Brak

Culture: Halaf

Medium: Ceramic, paint

Dimensions: 1.56 x 2.05 in. (3.96 x 5.21 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Vessels

Credit Line: Purchase, Colt Archaeological Institute Inc. Gift, 1988

Accession Number: 1988.323.6

Description

Halaf potters far surpassed their predecessors and successors in the embellishment and delicacy of their designs and the fine quality of the pottery itself. The background is often, as here, a buff color with red and black decoration produced on the vessel from the same iron oxide pigment, technically a very advanced achievement. This fragment of a vessel with slightly flaring rim has the exterior painted with parts of two black-outlined metopes, one with a red rosette, the other with a red design outlined in black, on light buff ground. A red band decorates the interior rim.

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