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: Spouted vessel with gazelle protome

Spouted vessel with gazelle protome

Spouted vessel
Historical period(s)
Achaemenid period, ca. 500-300 BCE
Earthenware and paint
H x W x D: 28.3 x 11.7 x 18.1 cm (11 1/8 x 4 5/8 x 7 1/8 in)
Iran or Turkey
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
The drinking vessel with a protome (forepart) in the shape of an animal's head was a traditional form in ancient Iran. This example illustrates the combination of forming techniques that potters often used on a single vessel. Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Materials Research and Education used a radiographic imaging technique called xeroradiography to examine the construction of this vessel. They were able to determine that the beaker portion of the vessel was built using strips or coils of clay, whereas the animal's head was modeled by hand.
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Achaemenid period (ca. 550 - 331 BCE), earthenware, gazelle, Iran, Turkey
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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