The red earthenware jug coated with a white
ground slip on which decoration is painted in
black. The squat globular body is painted with
scrolls and geometric patterns covering also the
tall straight neck.
This type of vessel had apparently some magical
connotation and was probably used as a drinking
vessel in ceremonial occasions.
For a discussion on this type of vessel and
comparable examples see:
J.Kalter ed, Uzbekistan. Heirs to the Silk Road,
Jug, buff earthenware with a spherical body, wide
waisted neck with a tall handle which has a small
thumb-piece on top, resting on a raised base and
decorated with black paintings, showing
patterns and figures of birds and serpents.
Central Asia, 7th – 9th century
Prof. Geza Fehervari
Prof. Geoffrey King