Thoughts on the possible Iranian origins of the Jemdet Nasr painting style

  • Mouheyddine Ossman


Dates: ca. 3150-2900 B.C.E.

Places: Western Iran and Central Mesopotamia

Main argument: It is admitted that Iran had an influence on the southern Mesopotamian region during the Jemdet Nasr period, but the mechanisms of this influence are not clear. This talk would like to suggest some Iranian influence arrived in Central Mesopotamia during the collapse of the so-called "Uruk system", which coincides with the reappearance of painting on ware.


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On the same topic, see also:
Nagel, W. 1964: Djamdat Nasr-kulturen und frühdynastische Buntkeramiker, Berliner Beiträge zur vor-und Frühgeschichte, 8, Berlin. 
How to Cite
Ossman, M. (2017). Thoughts on the possible Iranian origins of the Jemdet Nasr painting style. BAF-Online: Proceedings of the Berner Altorientalisches Forum, 1.
Panel 3: Localising influence and identity