Beak-spouted vessel

Historical period(s)
Iron Age I - II, ca. 1400-800 BCE
H x W x D: 25.7 x 40.1 x 18.9 cm (10 1/8 x 15 13/16 x 7 7/16 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


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


The beak-spouted vessel with metal-inspired shape and surface finish is a characteristic ceramic shape of the second and first millennium B.C. E. in northern Iran. Numerous examples have been excavated or reported from a wide area of this region, extending from the southwest Caspian Sea to northwestern Iran.  The origins of the shape are almost certainly in metal vessels, as reflected in the sharp, metallic forms and lustrous, copper-colored surfaces of the ceramic versions.

Published References
  • Trudy S. Kawami. Ancient Iranian Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. New York, 1992. .
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collection of Ancient Iranian Ceramics. vol. XLIII no. 3, 1997. p. 25, fig. 1.
  • E. Haerinck. Bronzeworking Centres of Western Asia, c. 1000-539 B.C. London. pp. 63-78.
  • 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. 1.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
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