Historical period(s)
Chalcolithic period, ca. 5500-3000 BCE
Earthenware and paint
H x W x D: 12.9 x 20 x 20 cm (5 1/16 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 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)


Potters in Iran began making clay vessels in the seventh millennium B.C.E., creating one of the longest records of ceramic achievement on the continent of Asia. Initially, potters must have copied shapes of vessels fashioned in  materials that boasted still older craft histories: stone, wood, leather, and basketry.  Patterns woven into baskets may lie behind the ornament on certain styles of early painted wares. This bowl illustrates a painted style consisting of black woven-like ornament on a red surface, which became popular in north central Iran during the Chalcolithic period (ca. 5500–3000 B.C.E.). 

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort, Massumeh Farhad, Ann C. Gunter. Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts. Washington, 2000. cat. 2, pp. 32, 53.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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