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Plate with Painted Birds Fishing and Central Swastika, ceramic, Samarra, 6,300-6,000 BCE, d: 27.7 cm
From the Hassuna/Samarra Period, 6500 BCE - 5500 BCE
Found in provenance unknown
Ceramic production appeared in the ancient Near East towards the end of the 8th millenium BCE, and towards the 6th millenium BCE painted ceramics were common. In southern Mesopotamia the Samarra culture, and in northern Mesopotamia the Hassuna and Samarra cultures, produced finely decorated ceramics in the seventh and early 6th centuries BCE, showing the distribution of Halaf and early Ubaid cultures. Stylized animals such as the above birds and fish, and swirling patterns in chocolate-brown are typical of the Samarran style.
Caubet, Annie and Patrick Pouyssegur. The Origins of Civililization: The Ancient Near East. Paris: Terrail, 1998, pg 34.
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