Amlash Terracotta Pitcher


A finely modelled Amalsh orange-reddish terracotta jug, featuring a globular conical body rising from a flat base and narrowing into a long and slim neck, which slightly flares out into an opening with a straight rim. An applied handle extends from the vessel’s neck to the shoulder, featuring a gentle ridge at the top, thus creating the impression of a bird’s profile. On the body, numerous sets of geometric lines are painted in reddish pigment.

Date: Circa 1st millennium BC
Condition: Fine, complete and intact.


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. Differing from its Luristan counterparts, Amalsh Iron Age pottery tradition favoured bird iconographies as their conventional repertoire. Terracotta vessels of this type were clearly designed as pouring vessels, but they might have been used in a particular funerary ritual and ceremonial occasion.

Weight 568.3 g
Dimensions W 11.1 x H 22.6 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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