Statue of potter working at a wheel


The first potter’s wheel was introduced in Syria at about the end of the fourth millennium, but it was slow [165]. This statue shows us a true potter’s wheel, which is activated by a lower flywheel that the craftsman turns with his foot while shaping the clay placed on the upper wheel head. The movement of the flywheel is transmitted to the wheel head by a central shaft. The potter’s wheel made it possible to produce vessels with even shapes and very smooth walls. This statue was no doubt a funeral monument commissioned by a potter who wished to be represented working at his trade.

  • Site: SUWEIDA

  • Date: 100 A.D

  • Material: Basalt

  • Item Dimensions: 40 x 35 x 32 cm

  • Archaeological Mission:

  • As Suwayda National Museum (2011) – SUWEIDA 143768

  • Index Code: Swd

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