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Utartu, 8th - 7th century B.C., Burnished Pottery, H: 17.6 cm

The culture of Urartu flourished between 9th and 6th century B.C. in the Armenian highlands with the Mt. Ararat told to be a place where the Biblical Noah’s ark had been brought by the waters of the Flood, in the north-west and the Lake Van almost in the middle of the area. Urartu was the place between Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Iran and the Caucasus Mountains where various ancient cultures came into contact with each other.
Art of Urartu is famous mainly for works of art made of bronze for creation of which advanced technologies including the lost wax mould technique were used. The production of bronzes flourished in Iran and influenced neighbouring areas of Western Asia, but Urartian art in spite of the strong influences worked out and retained its own distinctive style. On the other hand, the depicted pottery jar shows rather influences of burnished pottery from Anatolia. After applying the geometric pattern pottery was polished to obtain a glossy surface.

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