The term ‘Amlash Culture’, has generally been used to designate material cultures excavated at Gilan, an archaeological site on the south 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. Terracotta vessels, such as this fine example, were clearly designed as pouring vessels, but they might have been used in a particular funerary ritual occasion.
Amlash Clay Jug
A finely modelled Amalsh clay jug, with a squatted body raising from a flat base and narrowing into a cylindrical neck, decorated with an applied, strap handle with a gentle ridge at the top, which is reminiscent of the profile of a crane. A small, conical protrusion resembling the beak of a bird decorates the neck at the other side.
Condition: Very fine with some earthly encrustation to the surface.