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Animal-shaped vessel
ca. 160 B.C.E.-224 C.E.


Parthian period

Buff clay, with some gritty inclusions surface originally burnished
H: 23.0 W: 29.2 D: 12.3 cm
Northwest Iran, Northwest Iran

Gift of Arthur M. Sackler S1987.95

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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.