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PAINTED BOWL

Iran: Tall-i-Bakun A, Level III
Bakun A Period
Early 4th millennium B.C.
Baked clay
21.6 cm H, 30.0 cm W
Excavated by the Oriental Institute, 1932-4
OIM A20136

Many of the pottery vessels from the site of Tall-i-Bakun in the plain of Persepolis show a highly sophisticated use of negative designs in conjunction with more usual painted patterns. On this bowl, two patterns alternate in rhythmic sequence. One is a painted design of anthropomorphic inspiration with a "head" flanked by upraised "arms" facing both the rim and base of the bowl. The other pattern, which is given in negative by the buff surface of the vessel, consists of a cross and two lozenges.


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