A finely modelled, orange-reddish Amlash terracotta vessel, with a squat, oval body rises from a flat base and narrows into an open mouth with a flat rim. A prominent, beaked spout rises below the rim and stylistically echoes the applied handle, which is sculpted in the shape of a quadruped, on which four small pellets resembling metal rivets decorate the head, intimating the repoussé ornaments often seen on the metal prototypes.
Date: Circa 9th -8th century BC Condition: Very fine, complete and intact with some earthly encrustation.
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. Most of the Amlash pottery vessels are believed to have stylistically and typologically been inspired by bronze wares. Differing from its Luristan counterparts, Amalsh Iron Age pottery tradition favoured bird iconographies as a conventional artistic repertoire. Also, Amlash artisans preferred decorating animals’ heads with small pellets, instead of placing them around the handles of the vessels.
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