History of Assyrian palace sculptures, £9.99
Height: 9.400 cm
Excavated by Max Mallowan
Fragment of a pottery vessel
From Kuyunjik (ancient Nineveh), northern Iraq
Ninevite 5 period, 2900 BC
The finds of Max Mallowan, who excavated at Nineveh from 1931-32, resulted in the first attempt to establish a chronological scheme for prehistoric Assyria. Mallowan distinguished five levels covering 3,500 years, which he named Ninevite 1 to 5, from top to bottom. This fragment dates to Ninevite 5 (about 2900-2550 BC). This level is characterized by vessels on a foot, bowls painted with animal and other patterns (as here), or pottery made of fine grey ware adorned with incised and indented patterns.
C. Trümpler (ed.), Agatha Christie and archaeolog (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)