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
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
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)

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) and Custodian(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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