Joined twin juglets

Historical period(s)
Iron Age I - II, ca. 1400-800 BCE
H x W x D: 12.7 x 16.4 x 7.9 cm (5 x 6 7/16 x 3 1/8 in)
Northwest Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Joan and Frank Mount
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Twin juglets

earthenware, Iran, Iron Age I (ca. 1450 - 1250 BCE), Iron Age II (ca. 1250 - 800 BCE), WWII-era provenance

To 1965
Galerie Israel, Tel Aviv, to 1965 [1]

From 1965 to 1994
Frank and Joan Mount, Alexandria, VA, purchased from Galerie Israel in 1965

From 1994
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Frank and Joan Mount in 1994


[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s)

Frank and Joan Mount
Galerie Israel


This double-bodied vessel resembles examples of similar compound vessels found in tombs in northern and northwestern Iran, dating to the period known as Iron Age I-II (ca. 1400–800 B.C.E.). The arrangement seems impractical for ordinary household use, suggesting that the vessels had a religious function or significance. Moreover, such joined or compound forms seem alien to the traditional ceramic repertory, and were likely fashioned in imitation of more costly metal prototypes.

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collection of Ancient Iranian Ceramics. vol. XLIII no. 3, 1997. p. 28, fig. 9.
  • Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. p. 124, fig. 2.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
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