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 been stylistically and typologically inspired by bronze wares of the same period. Terracotta vessels, with beaked spouts and decorative pellets, might have been inspired by paralleled metal wares, and were used in either funeral libation contexts or ritual occasions.
Amlash Ritual Spouted Bowl
A finely modelled Amlash terracotta spouted bowl, featuring a tubular-shaped spout resembling a bird’s beak, and a single applied horizontal looped handle to the other end. The bowl features gentle convex walls, rising from a flat base. The bowl’s rim displays a circular-shaped stamped decoration, possibly a reminiscent of rivets seen on metal wares.
Condition: Fine with some signs of agent to the surface. Traces of the original white slip.