Historical period(s)
Late Bronze Age, ca. 2400-1400 BCE
Earthenware and paint
H x W x D: 20.4 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm (8 1/16 x 8 1/16 x 8 1/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


earthenware, Hauge collection, Iran, Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600 - 1200 BCE), 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) and Custodian(s)

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


Beginning at least by 3000 B.C.E., metal became the most prestigious material for many objects made in Iran, including ceramic containers for serving food. A source of inspiration in metalwork can sometimes be deduced from distinctive features preserved in the clay versions. Sharply angled shapes, as in this example, seem alien to the traditional ceramic repertoire and suggest an origin in metalwork.  Other signs of metal prototypes are the colors of ceramic vessels, reflecting the manipulation of firing conditions to produce red, brown, gray, and black wares.  Gray wares, like this vessel, most likely represent an attempt to mimic the color and gleaming surface of silver.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort, Massumeh Farhad, Ann C. Gunter. Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts. Washington, 2000. cat. 4, pp. 20, 53.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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