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Parthian Ceramics

Blue-glazed vase with two handles decorated with zigzag pattern

PDC 23134

Blue-glazed vase with two handles decorated with zigzag pattern
Clay. Syria. 2nd century A.D. Height 30.2 cm., rim diameter 10 cm. Private collection, Osaka. This is a rather tall vase with an elongated neck. Both the inside and outside are covered with blue glaze. The rim is turned slightly outward. Several shallow horizontal decorative lines are incised on the upper and lower sections of the neck. The shoulder is decorated with vertical and horizontal incised lines, and decorative zigzag patterns made with a potter's tool are below them on the shoulder. Furthermore, a clay band surrounding the body is decorated with a chain of finger-pressed egg-shaped patterns. Vertical grooves surround the body below the band. The handles are very straight and plain, shaped like two sticks joined together. There are one or two decorative rivet-heads at the top and base of each handle. In addition, there are four rivet-like decorations and incised herringbone patterns below the base of the handles. There are tripod marks on the rim and base.
 - Shinji Fukai, Ceramics of Ancient Persia (New York: Weatherhill, 1981), plate 81
 - Photo by Bin Takahashi

Handle-side viewHandle-side view - Shinji Fukai, Ceramics of Ancient Persia (New York: Weatherhill, 1981), figure 34

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