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Parthian Ceramics

Blue-glazed vase with two handles and decorative zigzag pattern

PDC 23135

Blue-glazed vase with two handles and decorative zigzag pattern
Clay. Syria. 2nd century A.D. Height 18.7 cm., rim diameter 7.6 cm. Collection of the Okayama Municipal Museum of Oriental Art, Okayama. This piece is similar to the piece shown in plate 82. The neck is decorated with three horizontal circumscribing lines, one near the top, one in the middle, and one near the lower edge of the neck. The belly has decorative zigzag patterns and vertical grooves. There is a round boss resembling a rivet-head at either side of the base of the handles. And there are rosette bosses beside the lower base of the handles and an incised herringbone pattern below that. Tripod marks are found on the rim. No vase with this form has been found among the specimens unearthed from Dura-Europos. This was probably excavated from the vicinity of Hanah in the west Syrian desert.
 - Shinji Fukai, Ceramics of Ancient Persia (New York: Weatherhill, 1981), plate 83
 - Photo by Bin Takahashi

Handle side viewHandle-side view  - Shinji Fukai, Ceramics of Ancient Persia (New York: Weatherhill, 1981), figure 35

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