To the late 1950s or 1960s
H. Khan Monif (died 1968), Persian Antique Gallery, New York to the late 1950s or 1960s 
From the late 1950s or 1960s to 1996
Emma C. Bunker, purchased in New York City from H. Khan Monif in the late 1950s or 1960s 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Mr. John B. and Mrs. Emma C. Bunker, Wheatland, WY, in 1996
 According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Mr. and Mrs. John B. and Emma Bunker
H. Kahn Monif died 1968
Bulbous vessel with flat base, constricted neck that flares toward an open rim. The elongated spout is attached at right angles to the body, with a swelling at the base. Eight hemispherical rivets encircle the base of the spout where it is attached to the vessel.
Judging from similar examples excavated at sites in northern and western Iran (e.g., Tappe Marlik, Tappe Guran, and Tappe Sialk), this type of vessel was in use from about 1100 to 700 BCE. In 2005, a hoard of ca. 350 such metal vessels was found near Khorramabad in Luristan, Iran, indicating a use in collaborative rituals. Metal vessels such as this one inspired also larger ceramic versions, as well as stone vessels with long narrow metal spouts. The decorative rivets that encircle the base of the spout and disguise where it joins the bulbous body may have had a practical purpose.
- Published References
- Ezat O. Negahban. Marlik: The Complete Excavation Repord. 2 vols., Philadelphia. .
- Louise Allison Cort, Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Ann C. Gunter. Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts. Washington, 2000. p. 47, fig. 4.
- P.R.S. Moorey. Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum. Oxford. pp. 276-280.
- Collection Area(s)
- Ancient Near Eastern Art
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