Site Overviews: Azerbaijan: Hasansu Kurgan: Bronze & Iron Age Cemetery
Seventy-one ceramic vessels from the Hansansu kurgan highlight the technical skill of potters during the Middle Bronze Age in the South Caucasus. Some of the vessels may have been manufactured specifically for use in this burial.
Pots from the Hasansu site in Azerbaijan were coated with black polish, or burnished (polished to a shiny surface) during production. The decorations may have been encrusted in white.
The white paint on this 17th -16th century BC pot, which is 26 centimeters wide and 24 centimeters tall, forms a striking pattern that, according to Najaf Müseyibli, symbolizes the sun. Ancient peoples often considered the sun as a source of fertility and abundance and used its image to decorate house wares and jewelry. The pot’s rich color and decoration, and the absence of traces of fire on its bottom, indicate that it was used to serve guests on special occasions.
Glazed Angobe-Coated Pottery Fragments
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