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 of the same period. Differing from its Luristan counterparts, Amalsh Iron Age pottery tradition favoured bird iconographies as a conventional artistic repertoire. Terracotta vessels of this type were clearly designed as pouring vessels, but they might have also been used during particular ritual occasions.
Terracotta Pitcher from Amlash
A finely modelled Amlash clay jug, featuring a globular body, sitting on a flattened base, a short cylindrical neck, and a wide, flaring rim. An applied handle extends from the vessel’s rim to the shoulder, and features a gentle ridge at the top, creating the impression of a bird’s profile.
Condition: Excellent condition, complete and intact with some earthly encrustation to the surface.