Art/ Collection/ Art Object


mid 6th–5th millennium B.C.
Mesopotamia, Eridu (modern Abu Shahrein)
2.75 in. (6.99 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1949
Accession Number:
Not on view
The usual pottery found in Ubaid graves at the southern Mesopotamian site of Eridu consisted of an upright jar, a dish or a plate like this one, and a cup lying inside the dish. They were placed in the corner of mud-brick coffins near the right foot of an outstretched body. Although the paint designs on Ubaid pottery do vary, this plate conforms to a general type consisting of two concentric rings close to or at the rim. Three equally spaced blocks of solid paint between the rings further accentuate the circumference of the plate. Each block has diagonal parallel lines on either side. This plate was excavated in the Ubaid Cemetery at Eridu (Grave 142).
1947-48, excavated by Sayyid Fuad Safar, on behalf of the State Organization of Antiquities and Heritage, Baghdad; acquired by the Museum in 1949, through an exchange of objects with the Iraq Museum.
Liebling, Roslyn. 1978. Time Line of Culture in the Nile Valley and its Relationship to Other World Cultures. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Safar, Fuad, Mohammad Ali Mustafa, and Seton Lloyd. 1981. Eridu. Baghdad: Republic of Iraq, Ministry of Culture and Information, p. 138.
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