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During the two millennia preceding the advent of the ﬁrst proto-state entities at the end of the fourth millennium b.c., pottery vases were not used merely as containers. By means of the richness of the composite painted decorations, with their geometric or naturalistic themes, the surfaces of the vessels were transformed into a symbolic and representational system. They were projected inside the community as bearers of coded information.
In the many villages on the strips of irrigable soil around the large eastern Iranian deserts between the end of the sixth and the beginning of the fourth millennia b.c. the complex patterns covering almost the entire surface of bowls and jars became an instrument for representing and transmitting an ideological heritage common to very large areas. It is thus to be expected that, despite the size of the areas involved, this transformation helped for a long time to maintain a substantial cultural homogeneity in the production of such ordinary instrumental goods. This dual nature of pottery products was shared by the earliest agrarian societies to be found in the whole of western Asia. With the rise of social stratiﬁcation in the fourth millennium b.c., pottery lost this symbolic and representational function, replaced by more expandable information processors, up to
and including the universal medium of writing. Meanwhile, painted decoration became increasingly cursive and schematic until it ultimately disappeared. Inversely, in the whole of eastern Iran painted decoration persisted
Sialk, and the entire area around it, is thought to have first originated as a result of the pristine large water sources nearby that still run today.
Persian gardens may originate as early as 4000 BCE. Decorated pottery of that time displays the typical cross plan of the Persian garden.
During the reign of the Sassanids (third to seventh century CE), and under the influence of Zoroastrianism, water in art grew increasingly important. This trend manifested itself in garden design, with greater emphasis on fountains and ponds in gardens
originally posted by: Kantzveldt
a reply to: leolady
It is interesting the relationship between ziggurats, water features and formal gardens from the greater region, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon being the most famous example of course, but most Sumerian cities had complex internal canal systems.
I can't see the jars here as functional water features though, it looks like they've found in connection with the ziggurat and were most likely lamps of some sort placed upon it or around, like in a MMORPG, ignite the lights placed at the four corners of the ziggurat to activate the portal sort of thing