The term ‘Amlash Culture’, has generally been used to designate material cultures excavated at Gilan, an archaeological site on the southern shore of the Caspian sea, and refers to a group of Iron Age pottery and metal executions with a strong visual character. Amlash pottery vessels, such as this fine example, might have been inspired by paralleled metal wares of the same period, and were used in funeral libation contexts, ritual occasions and in everyday life.
Amlash Grey Ware Vessel
A finely modelled Amlash grey ware vessel carved with ribbed decorations. The vessel stands on a flat circular foot, from which its cylindrical body raises and tapers into a short, narrow neck. A wide, funnel-shaped mouth opens at the top, marked by an out-splayed rim. It features a ribbed decoration, partly worn with age, across the body. Horizontal grooves further embellish the top of the mouth.
Condition: Fine condition. Earthly encrustations and minor chips to the surface. Hairline crack to the bottom.