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Spouted jar
ca. 1000-600 B.C.E.

Iron Age II - III

Earthenware with paint
H: 23.0 W: 18.2 D: 23.6 cm

Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation S1987.99

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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.

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