Vessel in the form of a quadruped

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1350-800 BCE
  • Geography

    Northern Iran
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 21.3 x 26.6 x 11.8 cm (8 3/8 x 10 1/2 x 4 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Vessel in the form of a humped bull. The body is approximately barrel-shaped. A pair of crescentic horns rise up from the sides of the head, below which are eyes indicated by round perforations. The animal's mouth forms the open, troughlike spout of the vessel. The legs are thin and of relatively uniform thickness from body to foot. The surfaces of the vessel are incrusted.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1899-1981)
    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Provenance

    To 1966
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1899-1981). [1]
    From 1966 to 1986
    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn. [2]
    From 1986
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, transferred from Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC [3]
    [1] See document from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, object file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1. See also object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Origin

    Northern Iran
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution
  • Type

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