Spouted vessel with loop handle

Small, thick-walled vessel with wide, slightly out-turned rim, gently carinated body, flat base, round mouth. A loop handle joins the rim and shoulder. Opposite the handle, a pointed tubular spout is attached also to the rim by a short “bridge.” The shoulder area is decorated with incised zigszags and what appear to be two rows of fingernail impressed patterns. At the base of the handle and spout are small applied pellets. The surface is light reddish brown. Protrusions or added bumps of clay have been modelled below the spout and the handle, presumably in imitation of metalwork (rivetting). Very thick burial dirt/deposists all over the surface obscure details.

Historical period(s)
Iron Age II - III, 1000-500 BCE
Medium
Ceramic
Dimensions
H x W x D: 10.3 x 18.3 x 11 cm (4 1/16 x 7 3/16 x 4 5/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Kathryn and Clarence Kubichek in memory of Gladys Scott
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1997.5
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vessel

Keywords
bridge, Iran, Iron Age II (ca. 1250 - 800 BCE), Iron Age III (ca. 800 - 500 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Small, thick-walled vessel with wide, slightly out-turned rim, gently carinated body, flat base, round mouth. A loop handle joins the rim and shoulder. Opposite the handle, a pointed tubular spout is attached also to the rim by a short "bridge." The shoulder area is decorated with incised zigszags and what appear to be two rows of fingernail impressed patterns. At the base of the handle and spout are small applied pellets. The surface is light reddish brown. Protrusions or added bumps of clay have been modelled below the spout and the handle, presumably in imitation of metalwork (rivetting). Very thick burial dirt/deposists all over the surface obscure details.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort, Massumeh Farhad, Ann C. Gunter. Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts. Washington, 2000. p. 31, fig. 3.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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