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Animal-shaped vessel

Zoomorphic vessel
Historical period(s)
Parthian period, ca. 160 BCE-224 CE
Buff clay, with some gritty inclusions surface originally burnished
H x W x D: 23 x 29.2 x 12.3 cm (9 1/16 x 11 1/2 x 4 13/16 in)
Northwest Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
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 costlier metal vessels.
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
bull, Iran, Parthian period (247 BCE - 224 CE)
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

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