Bowl fragment

Period: Halaf

Date: ca. 5600–5000 B.C.

Geography: From Syria, Tell Halaf (ancient Guzana)

Culture: Halaf

Medium: Ceramic

Dimensions: 3.23 in. (8.2 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Vessels

Credit Line: Purchase, Colt Archaeological Institute Inc. Gift, 1983

Accession Number: 1983.407


This bowl has been pieced together from seventeen sherds. 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.