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Hassuna level IV : Shallow bowl decorated with antelopes, fired clay, painted

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Title: Hassuna level IV : Shallow bowl decorated with antelopes, fired clay, painted
Author(s): Strommenger, Eva
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mesopotamia : Eridu-'Ubaid period, Early Sumerian period, Fara-Ur I period, Imperial Akkadian period;ceramics;book scan
Description: The inside is covered by four antelopes in swastika-like pattern, which together with a stepped linear decoration is characteristic of Samarra ware. The usual monochrome painting is here red-brown on a light buff ground. Similar to pottery from Eridu, level XI (Middle southern 'Ubaid period). In Samarra utility increasingly combined with elegance. First abstract, then geometrical designs, then turned to nature. Animals, particularly, are delineated with amazing sureness and simplicity. Racy schematism expressing only the essentials : Life and movement. Implicit in these decorative patterns is a whole Weltanschauung. All these symbols are meaningful, clearly intended to suggest the life-force immanent in all created beings, propelling men and animals alike in never-ending cycles. (See also : Andre Parrot, Sumer, translated by Stuart Gilbert and James Emmons, London, Thames & Hudson, 1960, p. 44) -- Samarra culture, c. 50000 BC (Eridu-'Ubaid period) -- , 8.7 x 24.8 cm (Iraq Museum, Baghdad).
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4089


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