Historical period(s)
Chalcolithic period, ca. 5500-3000 BCE
H x W x D: 30.6 x 33.4 x 33.4 cm (12 1/16 x 13 1/8 x 13 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Chalcolithic period (5000 - 3500 BCE), earthenware, Hauge collection, Iran, WWII-era provenance

From circa 1950-1970 to 1998
Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge [1]

From 1998
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge in 1998


[1] Object record. Purchased by the Hauges in Tehran between 1950-1970.

Previous Owner(s)

Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge (1914-2004) and (died 2000)


Earthenware decorated with geometric and figural painted designs  in contrasting colors had a long history in northern and western Iran, appearing before 6000 B.C.E. in the earliest era of pottery making. Favored decorative schemes consisted of designs painted in black on a red surface, or in red or brown on a pale, buff surface. Patterns woven into baskets may lie behind the ornament on certain styles of painted Chalcolithic wares, of which this is a fine example.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort, Massumeh Farhad, Ann C. Gunter. Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts. Washington, 2000. cat. 1, pp. 45, 53.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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