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Anatolian Yortan Blackware Canteen Vessel

Asia Minor, Western Anatolia, Troy, Yortan culture, Early Bronze Age, ca. 2700 to 2300 BCE. A fine hand-built ceramic vessel made from grey-black clay with a round but stable base, globular body, four perforated projections for suspension, and a gradually flaring neck with a flared rim. Areas of the exterior display traces of glossy glaze, though much has worn over time. Size: 4" W x 5.125" H (10.2 cm x 13 cm).

Ancient Western Anatolia is famous for a number of large ruins, most notably Troy (Hisarlik), but many mysteries remain. The Yortan culture is known through a burial site in the valley of Bakir Cai that has not been well-studied. Adults and children were buried, crouched in large terracotta storage containers; around them was placed a great deal of pottery in the form of jugs, jars, and occasionally bowls, much of it blackware just like this piece.

Condition: Repair to large area of body with small chips and light adhesive residue along break line. Restoration to areas of neck and body with some overpainting. Age-commensurate surface wear, with chips across body, base, suspension loops, and neck. Light earthen deposits throughout. Old inventory sticker on base.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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