Marlik was one of the most significant archaeological sites of the ancient middle east, on the southern shore of the Caspian sea, to which a wide range of elaborate, elite burial objects, made of varied media have been attributed. Among those burial offerings, terracotta jugs, with slender, spindle-shaped spouts, were the most represented finds. Terracotta jugs, such as this fine example, might have been used as pouring vessels in everyday life and during religious celebrations.
A Marlik Clay Jug
A finely modelled clay jug, belonging to the Marlik culture and dating to the 2nd-1st millennium BC. The vessel features a globular body standing on a flat base, a cylindrical neck and a wide mouth. A single applied handle extends from the vessel’s shoulder to the body. Two ridged, decorative lines, run across the neck and the shoulder.
Condition: Excellent condition, complete and intact. Remains of original white slip.