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Japan pottery

12000 BC

Found in Nasunahara. Used by hunters, also used to collect soil. First known pottery.


5000 BC

Earliest pottery vessels of central Europe known as Bandkeramik decorated with incised lines and infilled with dots or cross-hatching – found from France to Hungary to Ukraine

Burnished pottery

4500 BC

made by the Badarian people of the Nile, painted with red with black rims. The pottery was fired with rims buried in sand. They were highly burnished to give smooth, polished surface.

Temple bureaucrats

3000 BC

invented this incised cylinder seal to replace stamps previously used on tablets. The seal could be rolled over larger areas and was also used for official decorations

potter's wheel

1400 BC

Food storage vessels such as this were used to deliver olive oil, wine, grain and other agricultural products to such places as the palaces. The products were paid as a tax or tribute and much of bounty was used to support royal household.

terra cotta models

221 BC

Was made up of warriors, chariots and horses. It is said that the mausoleum and surrounding burial pits took 700,000 conscripted laborers 35 years to build.

terra cotta figurine

200 BC

represents Yakshi and represents the dress of the period. (Ganges Delta Tamluk, India)

Terra cotta bricks

1 AD

tiles decorated with impressed patterns were used for building palaces and tombs. (China)

Mayan ceramic ceremonial vessels

800 AD

decorated with monkeys and are examples of Toltec cultural influences ( El Salvador)

Zoomorphic Efficy Vessel

850 AD

represents a stylized puma or jaguar with painted geometric motifs achieved using a resist technique ( Tungarahua, Ecuador)


1000 AD

Historic and modern versions of whistles found in Peru and Central America.


1150 AD

pottery was developed by Iranian potter. The word "sgraffito" is came from the Italian word “sgraffire” meaning "to scratch." The vessel is covered with a white slip and a design is carved through it. (Iran)

underglaze decorations

1250 AD

The Middle Eastern ceramics of Iran displayed innovations such and blue and black painted underglaze decorations technically demanding for uses such as covers for entire tombs and niches in mosques

earthenware apothecary storage jar

1450 AD

wheel-thrown and decorated with designs of geometric influence. Used to carry and hold materials in.

Bartman" pitcher

1594 AD

A salt-glazed pitcher with applied molded medallions. Used and made in Rhineland. Usually used to pour liquid.

porcelain enameled teapot

1750 AD

A soft paste porcelain enameled teapot with 2 spouts. Founded and made in England. Very unique piece.