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


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.