During the third - early second millennium BC, as in other periods, different regional styles characterized pottery made in south-west, western, northern and south-east Iran. These seem to reflect flourishing regional areas. This is an example of a vessel which belongs to a long sequence of monochrome pottery found at sites such as Tepe Giyan and Godin Tepe. Such vessels, like this one, are mainly wheel-thrown jars and smaller vessels, generally painted with iron oxide fired to a dark brown colour. They bear an interesting range of intricate geometric designs. Other motifs include spread eagles: the use of motifs drawn from nature is a recurrent theme in ancient Iranian art.

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  • Title: Painted jar
  • Date Created: -2000/-2000
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 27.60cm; Diameter: 19.20cm (outside rim); Diameter: 30.00cm (body); Diameter: 11.50cm (base)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: painted
  • Registration number: 1929,0415.1
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Tepe Giyan
  • Period/culture: Bronze Age
  • Material: pottery
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Ebrahimoff, Yahya