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This bowl was excavated at Tawilan ('Ain Musa), northeast of Petra. The interior decoration is divided into five segments, each marked with hatching, that meet at an X in the center. An abstract leaf is painted in the center of each segment, and large ovals are painted over the lines dividing the segments. The bowl has a rounded bottom and an inverted rim. Its shape, its dark red-orange color, and its decoration, a radial, rotational design limited to two abstract motifs set against a hatched background, all point to a date in the first century A.D.

The very thin painted ware so closely identified with Nabataean culture began to appear in the first century B.C. It reflects the influence of Hel ...
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c. 1st century B.C.-1st century A.D.
Ceramic, paint
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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