The term ‘Amlash Culture’, has generally been used to designate material cultures excavated at Gilan, an archaeological site of ancient Iran, and refers to a group of Iron Age pottery and metal executions with a strong visual character. Most of the Amlash pottery vessels are believed to have been stylistically and typologically inspired by bronze wares of the same period. Among the greatly varied zoomorphic repertories that were prevalent during the 1st millennium BC, representations of birds were the most favoured designs, frequently used to adorn pottery vessels. Spouted vessels appeared to have been first executed by Luristan artists, under the strong influence metal vessels. However, Amlash artisans adapted Luristan art, incorporating it with an indigenous aesthetic taste. Terracotta vessels, such as this fine example, were clearly designed as pouring vessels, used as ceremonial objects in funerary and ritual occasion.
Amlash Beaked Tripod Vessel with Quadruped Handle
An extremely fine and rare Amlash tripod vessel modelled in terracotta and featuring a well-shaped globular body resting on three conical feet. The vessel appears decorated with a single applied clay pellet on each side, as an imitation of repose decoration seen on metal wares of the same period. A single applied handle, extends from the rim to the vessel’s shoulder and is modelled in the shape of a stylised zoomorphic figure, stylistically echoing the beaked spout attached to the other side.
Condition: Extremely fine condition, restoration to the beak.