Zoomorphic vessel

An animal shaped vessel hand-built of orange/brown earthenware with modeled details. The surface is smooth and burnished. The neck is high and tubular and rises up to an out-flaring rim, with a single strap handle extending from the neck to the rounded, “egg shaped” body. The spout is modeled like an animal neck and head, with ears pointing upward and appliqued button-like eyes. There is an incised row of inverted “v” decoration down the back of the vessel (like a mane) and the back of the handle (like a tail). At the bottom of the vessle are three little feet, the vessel tends to lean forward.

The animal head spout and the handle have been broken and repaired. Excess adhesive can be seen along the handle repairs. Scattered wear, abrasions across the surface, and some deep scratches. Minor chips missing from the rim. Scattered dirt/accretions obscure much of the surface. Overall, in fair-good condition.

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Historical period(s)
ca. 1000 BCE
Medium
Burnished earthenware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 20.8 x 27.1 x 13.4 cm (8 3/16 x 10 11/16 x 5 1/4 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1998.207
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Zoomorphic vessel

Keywords
animal, earthenware, Hauge collection, Iran
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

Notes:

[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)

Description

An animal shaped vessel hand-built of orange/brown earthenware with modeled details. The surface is smooth and burnished. The neck is high and tubular and rises up to an out-flaring rim, with a single strap handle extending from the neck to the rounded, "egg shaped" body. The spout is modeled like an animal neck and head, with ears pointing upward and appliqued button-like eyes. There is an incised row of inverted "v" decoration down the back of the vessel (like a mane) and the back of the handle (like a tail). At the bottom of the vessle are three little feet, the vessel tends to lean forward.

The animal head spout and the handle have been broken and repaired. Excess adhesive can be seen along the handle repairs. Scattered wear, abrasions across the surface, and some deep scratches. Minor chips missing from the rim. Scattered dirt/accretions obscure much of the surface. Overall, in fair-good condition.

Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
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