Two-handled jar

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1000-600 BCE
  • Geography

    Luristan, Iran
  • Material

    Earthenware with paint
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 30.4 x 31.2 x 31.2 cm (11 15/16 x 12 5/16 x 12 5/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Large globular jar with flat base. The shoulder slopes toward a slightly constricted neck opening out into a wide mouth with thickened plain rim. On opposite side of the jar at the shoulder are two handles, both elaborately decorated, but asymmetrical. One consists of a flat band terminating in the head of an animal (quadruped?), painted with brown horizontal stripes. The other is also a flat, painted stirrup handle, topped by a flat knob with brown painted spokes. A creamy beige slip covers the surface; the upper half of the jar bears painted decoration in brown paint.
    The pot is decorated on either side between the handles, with the decorated zone extending to the maximum diameter of the pot. A metope band with vertical rows of dots flanking narrow bands forms the uppermost zone. Below it are large crosshatched "kite" patterns, overlapping a horizontal row of double rectangles painted in solid brown bands. A narrow register marked with vertical strokes encircles the pot just below the handle, and another one at the maximum diameter of the pot. The metope, kite, and rectangle ornaments are mirrored on the other side of the pot.
  • Provenance

    From circa 1962-1967 to 1998
    Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge [1]
    From 1998
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge in 1998
    [1] Object record.
    Purchased by the Hauges in Tehran between 1962-1967.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran (September 8, 2018 to November 24, 2020)
    Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts (October 29, 2000 to April 22, 2001)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge ((1914-2004) and (1907-2000))
  • Origin

    Luristan, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
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