Amlash Terracotta Cult Vessel


A nicely rendered Amlash red terracotta vessel, composed of three bulbous and conjoined vessels with everted necks. The central form has a shorter neck compared to both vessels on either side and has a tapering stem ending with a splayed foot. Horizontal grooves are visible across the upper bodies and necks of all the vessels. Remains of dark pigment painting are visible to the foot.

Date: Circa 1st millennium BC
Provenance: Ex Rabi gallery, 1990s. Private collection of Iranian art.
Condition: Very fine condition. Some hairline cracks near the rim of the central vessel.

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The term ‘Amlash Culture’, has generally been used to designate material cultures excavated at Gilan, an archaeological site of 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 terracotta 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.

Weight 300.5 g
Dimensions L 11.3 x W 18 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, item 62.170.3

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