Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Sherd

Period:
Halaf
Date:
ca. 5600–5000 B.C.
Geography:
Syria, Tell Brak
Culture:
Halaf
Medium:
Ceramic, paint
Dimensions:
2.83 x 1.65 in. (7.19 x 4.19 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Vessels
Credit Line:
Purchase, Colt Archaeological Institute Inc. Gift, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.323.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 402
Halaf pottery was made by hand and decorated with very finely executed designs in one or two colors. The surface of the finest pottery was then highly burnished and a glossy effect was achieved by the use of fluxes, which serve to lower the melting point of the pigments, in some cases accidentally achieving true glazes. This fragment of a thin walled vessel has the exterior painted with light and dark brown decoration consisting of a stylized bird in profile with back arched, a long neck, and a large circular head. A vertical zigzag pattern on the left and a dark brown band partly frame the bird. The rim edge has a horizontal band with vertical stripes.
1976-1988, excavated by David and Joan Oates, on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology, University of London; acquired by the Museum in 1988, as a result of its financial contribution to the excavations.
Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 119 (Jul. 1,1988 - Jun. 30, 1989), p. 16.
Related Objects

Sherd

Date: ca. 5600–5000 B.C. Medium: Ceramic, paint Accession: 1988.323.6 On view in:Gallery 402

Eye idol

Date: ca. 3700–3500 B.C. Medium: Gypsum alabaster Accession: 51.59.11 On view in:Gallery 402

Bowl fragment

Date: ca. 5600–5000 B.C. Medium: Ceramic Accession: 1983.407 On view in:Gallery 402

Seated female

Date: ca. 5600–5000 B.C. Medium: Ceramic, paint Accession: 1985.84 On view in:Gallery 402

Eye idol

Date: ca. 3700–3500 B.C. Medium: Gypsum alabaster Accession: 51.59.6 On view in:Gallery 402