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Excavated by M.E.L. Mallowan
ME 127617 (1934-2-10,142)
Fragment of pottery vessel with snake decoration
From Tell Arpachiyah, northern Iraq
Halaf period (5,000-4,000 BC)
Very little is known of the early stages of the occupation at Tell Arpachiyah, apart from the pottery. The earliest phase is characterized particularly by deep straight-sided bowls, often decorated with cross-hatching or rows of large lozenges. Other shapes are known, but they are limited and the decoration tends to be bold and relatively simple. This sherd, decorated with a snake with a flickering tongue, comes from a vase made from a yellow clay with a lustrous brown slip.
C. Trümpler (ed.), Agatha Christie and archaeolog (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)