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Cylindrical vessel

Cylindrical vessel in chlorite from Salut (IMTO archive)

Salut, Area 1 (US3)
Muscat, Office of the Adviser to HM the Sultan for Cultural Affairs
Light grey chlorite; H 5.3, D 5.5
Iron Age
 
The cylindrical vessels are typical of the Iron Age period, usually they are characterized by small dimensions and thin walls. In this case the cylindrical vessel has a flat rim and slightly concave base. The external surface is completely decorated; as typical of this period the saw-teeth motif is used to create a more complex design. The four lanceolate leafs, formed by saw-teeth motif, the are symmetrically placed on the surface and some details such as the veins are also reproduced with the same motif. Three deep incised lines are present at the bottom of the vessel.
Four small ovoid cavities used for inlays, probably some bronze/copper plaques, are also visible alternating with leafs. (ET)