Aspects of Symmetry in Arpachiyah Pottery

Duncan J. Melville
Renaissance Banff: Mathematics, Music, Art, Culture (2005)
Pages 131–136


Arpachiyah is one of the most well-known and extensive sources of Halafian pottery (ca. 5500 – 5000 BC). In this paper, we apply symmetry analysis in the style of Washburn and Crowe to analyze symmetries underlying central motifs in bowls and dishes from Arpachiyah. We note that while there is a great variety in the degree of symmetry, there is an overwhelming preponderance of dihedral patterns.