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Animal-shaped vessel

Type
Zoomorphic vessel
Historical period(s)
Parthian period, ca. 160 BCE-224 CE
Medium
Clay fired gray; surface originally burnished
Dimension(s)
H x W x D: 20.3 x 25.6 x 14.1 cm (8 x 10 1/16 x 5 9/16 in)
Geography
Northwest Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.94
Label
Animal-shaped vessels, often provided with a pouring spout, are among the most characteristic and long-lived creations of ancient Iranian artisans. With their lustrous gray or copper-colored surfaces, they were probably made to imitate metal vessels.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Keyword(s)
bull, Iran, Parthian period (247 BCE - 224 CE)
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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