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Spouted jar

Historical period(s)
Iron Age II - III, ca. 1000-600 BCE
Earthenware with paint
H x W x D: 23 x 18.2 x 23.6 cm (9 1/16 x 7 3/16 x 9 5/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
Cemeteries and settlements in the Luristan region of western Iran have yielded examples of a distinctive painted ceramic style dating to the Iron II–III period (ca. 1000–600 B.C.E.). Often called "Genre Luristan," this pottery is also known as "Baba Jan III Painted Ware" after Baba Jan Tepe, a large settlement where it was extensively excavated during the 1960s. This "teapot" with a basket handle is a typical shape, decorated with painted bands around the base of the spout and on the handle. Also typical is the animal-shaped ornament modeled in relief and attached to the bridge joining the handle and spout.

Other examples of "Genre Luristan" ceramics in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are S1998.313 and S1998.22.

Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
earthenware, Iran, Iron Age II (ca. 1250 - 800 BCE), Iron Age III (ca. 800 - 500 BCE)
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

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