Jar

Ovoidal body, high spreading foot, and two loop handle. Repairs on neck and handle. Fragment broken from one handle. Decoration: incised in the paste.

Historical period(s)
Parthian period, 1st-3rd century
Medium
Earthenware with alkaline glaze
Dimensions
H x W: 26.3 x 20.5 cm (10 3/8 x 8 1/16 in)
Geography
Iraq
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1903.191
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
earthenware, Iraq, Parthian period (247 BCE - 224 CE)
Provenance

To 1903
Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951), Paris, France to 1903 [1]

From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, Paris, in 1903 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Voucher No. 1, November 1903, and Original Pottery List, L. 1230, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919
Dikran Garabed Kelekian (C.L. Freer source) 1868 - 1951

Description

Ovoidal body, high spreading foot, and two loop handle. Repairs on neck and handle. Fragment broken from one handle. Decoration: incised in the paste.

Label

Earthenware jars of this shape, covered with an alkaline glaze typically colored green, turquoise, or brown, are characteristic products of Mesopotamia in the Parthian period (ca. 160 B.C.E.-224 C.E.).

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collector's Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt. Washington and London, 2002. p. 34, fig. 2.6.
  • St. John Simpson. Pottery in the Making: World Ceramic Traditions. Exh. cat. London and Washington, July 3 - December 31, 1997. pp. 74-79.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
The Story of the Beautiful
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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