Spouted vessel

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    1000-500 BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 19.5 x 18.6 x 16.5 cm (7 11/16 x 7 5/16 x 6 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Vessel with cushion-shaped body and two spouts, intended to suggest a human-headed bird. One spout rises vertically from one side of the body; it flares at the rim. On the upper end of the spout, below the rim, are modeled a human face with schematic impressed eyes and ridge nose, and crescent-shaped ears each pierced with two holes. Opposite the vertical spout, a curved tubular spout, suggesting a tail, extends upward. The vessel rests on three stubby feet.
  • 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.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

  • Credit Line

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

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