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Bowl fragment

ca. 5600–5000 B.C.
From Syria, Tell Halaf (ancient Guzana)
3.23 in. (8.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Colt Archaeological Institute Inc. Gift, 1983
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 402
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.
1981, surface find collected at Tell Halaf by David and Joan Oates of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq; alloted to them as archaeological reference collection by Syrian Department of Antiquities in Damascus; acquired by the Museum in 1983, as a result of its financial contribution to the excavations at Tell Brak.
Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 114 (Jul. 1,1983 - Jun. 30, 1984), p. 19.
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