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Historical period(s)
Late Bronze Age, ca. 2400-1400 BCE
Earthenware with paint
H x W x D: 23.4 x 21.7 x 21.7 cm (9 3/16 x 8 9/16 x 8 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
Earthenware decorated with geometric and figural painted designs in contrasting colors had a long history in northern and western Iran, appearing before 6000 B.C.E. in the earliest era of pottery-making. Favored decorative schemes consisted of designs painted in black on a red surface, or in red or brown on a pale, buff surface. In the most successful products of the painted styles, the artisan achieved an almost perfect correspondence between shape and decoration. Here, for example, concentric zones of decoration encircle the body, carrying the eye around the vessel and emphasizing its volume.

Several features link this pot closely with examples excavated from the cemetery at Tepe Giyan in western Iran: the globular, carinated shape; the beige slip decorated with brown paint; the arrangement of the decoration in concentric zones; and the repertory of individual motifs (water birds, chevrons, "flame" or "tooth" pattern). The intact condition of the pot also indicates a burial context. Comparisons with examples recovered from the burials at Tepe Giyan, together with information from the settlement excavated at Godin Tepe, suggest a place of manufacture near Tepe Giyan in western Iran and a date of circa 2000 B.C.E.

From circa 1962-1967 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


[1] Object record. Possibly excavated at Tepe Giyan. Purchased by the Hauges in Tehran between 1962-1967.

Former owner
Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge ((1914-2004) and (died 2000))
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
earthenware, Iran, Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600 - 1200 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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