Antique tribal pottery dish - clay bowl from Afghanistan #9


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This large bowl is handmade in clay in the Afghan - Pakistan border region in about the first half of the 20th century.

The bowl depicts a large bird or pigeon. Although natural colorants were used to decorate the bowl, the painting is in remarkable good condition.

This bowl has 2 small chips in the painting - see picture.

The bowl has soft delicate partial glazing, in which the 'baking marks' are still visible. As the bowl was made by using local raw materials and traditional simple local techniques, the bowls were stacked on each other with a separator between them while baking. This separator leave 3 tiny dots in the glazing, which adds charm to the bowl and proves its tribal origins.

This is a delicate decorative bowl and should not be used for containing food or wet objects.

Although the bowl is in perfect condition, it is an antique item which carries light signs of age and usage and tiny chips and cracks might be possible.


Size: 30.5 cm diameter x 8 cm height approx.
Material: clay with delicate partial glazing
Care: careful dusting only and is not dishwasher-safe
Origin: northern Afghan - Pakistani border region


This is an antique handmade artisanal item; minimal deviation in size, pattern and color may occur.

Although we do our very best to provide clear pictures, minimal differences in color may occur.